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SOME DIRECTIONS FOR THE DECEMBER
TOURING OF WESTCENTRAL NEBRASKA
by WILLIAM KLOEFKORN

Turn right at the Standard Station
And head due west. Do not
Eat at the Hungry Indian
In Ogallala or stop for

Free tea at the Big Farmer
In Oshkosh--By Gosh. My
Advice, Sir: go cold and
Hungry over these wintered ranges

Where only on a cloudless night
Can the sky outstrip the land.
Join the tumbleweed. Huddle
With herefords against leeward

Walls. Walk barefoot over
Steaming dung along the
Dormant seeded rows of
Next year's yield. Forget

The motels at North Platte,
Tune out all noisy Teepees:
KODY, KOLT, KCOW. Hum
The notes of rusting cultivators

And watch with the hawk
for mice and rabbits and
Scott's once-in-a-lifetime bluff.
Inhale. Go dizzy with the

Windmill. Stretch even the
Fingertips against sand-coated hills.
You can get there from here,
Sir. But you must go

Cold and hungry. That route is best.
Just forget your Pontiac, then
Turn right at the Standard Station
and drive due west.

Reprinted with permission
from Uncertain the Final Run to Winter
Copyright © 1974
by William Kloefkorn
Windflower Press


LUDI JR SITS QUIETLY
THROUGH THE PASSING ALONG
OF HIS FATHER'S ADVICE
by WILLIAM KLOEFKORN

do not shoot the rabbit
through either its good eye
or the one that most offends vou

do not sit too easily
in the lap of you
know who I mean

return the air freshener
the comicbooks the lifesavers
to the drugstore

remember one of the following:
father    mother

do not neglect
the days of the calendar

that bar of soap
you carved the other night:
shred it like ripe cabbage
into the throat of the drain

do not want the words
that the unkind give you

do not tell betty jean's mother
what under betty jean's underwear
is growing

remember this trinity
to keep it holy:
blood is sour

and verily verily
when the dark asks you
say no

Reprinted with permission
from ludi jr
Copyright © 1976
by William Kloefkorn
Pentagram Press

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