Henri-Edmond Cross. Landscape with Stars, ca. 1905–1908. Image courtesy of the Metropolitan Museum of Art.

don’t leave me to
paginate the Ozarks
alone with a grid

that cramps my
Byronic manner
give me your hammer

so i can stake my
tent hard into these
innumerable stars

Nathan Spoon’s publications include Oxford Poetry, Mantis, Reflections (Yale Divinity School) and the anthology What Have You Lost? (HarperCollins). He is associate editor of X-Peri and a 2017 faculty member for the Modernist Social Network seminar series at the University of Pennsylvania.