“Purgatory” by Donna Vorreyer begins:

When the train goes by, it will rattle the trees
like a great wind come down from the mountains
though there are no mountains here

still the wind is brute and biting, and it shivers
everything as it rushes by the darkening
windows of the passenger car

and everything is untranslatable…. [continue reading]


Also by Donna Vorreyer at Heron Tree: “Surviving a Midwestern Winter,” which you can read here.