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Polaroid Picture in Ferriday, Louisiana 1963

by Cody Smith



in the new
land of the free

live oak leaves
christen the delta

things could be
black or white
here where cotton
glaciers the land

contrast of thunderhead

I imagine he posed her
for the photograph

reworked the composition
to not capture
the barn’s ribs of joists rot-thinned

storm falling downhill

her smile in the fore
you don’t realize at first
the picture’s overexposed

the definition of cotton whitewashed