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highway, mountained on both sides.
If something were to go wrong. If I were
to bleed. If I were to need a doctor.
These pregnant hilltops, straining against
the punishing pink sky. Clouds spooling
and unspooling. How anyone can mistake
this country for beautiful. If I couldn’t
reach a doctor in time. If there
were no doctor. If no doctor would see me.
How shadows blue the mountains
at sunset. How fireflies dot the grass.
Liza Katz Duncan is the author of Given (Autumn House Press, 2023), which won the Autumn House Press Rising Writer Award. Her poems have appeared in AGNI, Poem-a-Day, Poetry Northwest, National Poetry Review, and elsewhere. She has received support for her work from Poets & Writers, the Bread Loaf Environmental Writers Conference, and the Tucson Festival of Books.