“Whatever he remembers is durable and instantly retrievable and lit by a sky or streetlight…”

Last night a man on the radio,
a still young man, said the business district
of his hometown had been plowed under.
The town was in North Dakota…
I don’t know
if the man from North Dakota has
some music that brings back
his town to him, but something does,
and whatever he remembers
is durable and instantly
retrievable and lit
by a sky or streetlight
which does not change…

–Lisel Mueller, “Place and Time” (excerpt)

Sometimes even now when I’m feeling lonely and beat
I drift back in time and I find my feet
Down on Mainstreet…

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John Vachon, A small town in Augusta County… (1941)

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