Track 8

“The Mississippi River, magnetic engines roar,
sad songs keep the devil away.”
—Jay Farrar (Son Volt, “Angel of the Blues”)

These songs
are homecomings.
One—“Angel of the Blues”—
returns me to the roots of true
saudade.

June 1st

All those Gemini ex-
lovers—who can remember which one

was born today. December girls
and June boys don’t bring on

the song the way December boys
and September gurls do. Misspellings

on purpose. I forget
which one—they’re all X

now. Let the words and their dates
bounce.