The A1 Verse: Raising Arizona to death

By Thomas Gaulkin | June 22, 2021

Arizona state flag merged with Ed Hawkins’ ”warming stripes,” depicting increase in average global temperatures from 1850-2018.

Every so often, a story published on the front page of the New York Times is so well written, meaningful, and appropriate to the Bulletin’s concerns that small snippets of it, properly chosen and arranged, produce something more than journalism, something that approaches … poetry. That blessed coincidence occurred June 21, 2021.

We suspect it’ll occur again.

For Builders, Hot Phoenix Market Feels Like 115°

(from the original by Jack Healy)

The sun rose
on workers in a desert,
skeletons of the West,
scorching, punishing spring
of drought and questions
about a phoenix
fueling frenzy.

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