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Red Paint

jacob griffin hall / 1st place editors' choice prize in poetry

At Providence Canyon, Waiting For Heaven To Move Me

Suppose the canyon isn’t a wound

and standing together, projecting our shadows 

over the striated walls, dusk calls for a moment,

calls to us in the moment

to need the landscape’s histories

like a child needs the evidence

that gives them power.

Suppose for hours we imagine the erosive runoff—

farm and soft clay and the clouds above 

blown apart in the wind,

passing the sulfur-tinged smokestacks

as you sink your teeth into an apple

and watch a chisel plow 

comb the lower fields.


Jacob Griffin Hall is a poet from outside of Atlanta, GA. A former poetry editor for the Missouri Review, he lives and teaches English in Columbia, MO. His first collection of poetry, Burial Machine, won the 2021 Backlash Best Book Award and is available with Backlash Press. His writing has appeared in the Missouri Review, 32 Poems, New Ohio Review, Black Warrior Review, DIAGRAM, Southern Humanities Review, and elsewhere.


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