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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.

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 YorkerO, 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

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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