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by Charles Rafferty
​ ©2020  Oleksandr Rupeta                                                                                                                                                  **image from Someone in Your Corner series
 See more of his work at his IG @oleksandrrupeta and his website.

Oleksandr Rupeta is an international documentary photographer from Ukraine and is mostly interested in social anthropology and social conflict topics 
with an emphasis on personality. He started as a photojournalist and a travel photographer, but in recent years he has focused on long-term projects combining elements of documentary and art photography. His works have won international competitions and have been presented at exhibitions around the world.
Charles Rafferty’s most recent collections of poems are The Smoke of Horses (BOA Editions, 2017), Something an Atheist Might Bring Up at a Cocktail Party (Mayapple Press, 2018), and The Problem With Abundance (Grayson Books, 2019). His poems have appeared in The New YorkerOThe Oprah MagazinePrairie Schooner, and Ploughshares. New prose poems are forthcoming in PlumeGargoyleRhino, and The Southern Review. He has won grants from the National Endowment for the Arts and the Connecticut Commission on Culture and Tourism. Currently, he directs the MFA program at Albertus Magnus College and teaches at the Westport Writers’ Workshop.  Find him on Twitter: @CRaffertyWriter; See other work at https://poets.org/poet/charles-rafferty

The stars of the flag are not the stars that matter. They have become a constellation that the wealthy 
use to navigate their yachts. When I step outside to show my daughters Sagittarius, the very center 
of our galaxy, they point only at the twinkling of passing jets. I need my neighbor to turn his 
floodlights off. I need the population to be less dense. 

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