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Flames fed by a gas line, burns in the debris of a fire ravaged home, Tuesday, Oct. 10, 2017, in Napa, Calif. Wildfires whipped by powerful winds swept through the California wine country sending thousands fleeing as flames rages unchecked through high-end resorts, grocery stores and tree-lined neighborhoods.(AP Photo/Rich Pedroncelli)

Semiogenetics, in Flames

in Environment/Wildfires by

no-future find blackened
debris earth
northern hike
through smoke
the napa river
vineyards wade through smoke
choke vineyards wade
through smoke
a red band of selection pulses
in the north
choke now debris
earth ash-father
lived in its place
fires block blackened earth
hikes through smoke this place
chokes vineyards waste
the napa river reaches
through smoke


Joseph M. Gerace is a multidisciplinary artist and professional journalist. His work can be found at and has appeared in fluland, toypoems, Poets Reading the News and elsewhere. His writing explores the intersection of folk art, technology and the outer limits of communication. He lives in New Jersey.

Original art by the author.

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