The Fourth River

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“Someone must watch, it is said. Someone must be there.”
—Franz Kafka, from “At Night”

 

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A sign left behind on a building long closed. Empty parking lots stretch for miles. Cracked sidewalks & broken streetlights. Pieces of glass scattered across the pavement. Each month, we take a toll of what business have closed and which houses have been abandoned or put up for sale in the neighborhood. Currently, on a single block: the house next door, the house across the street and the one next door to it. Further down, the house that has been for rent for five months now. Plus the two houses on the corner for sale, and two more down the street.

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