Arborcide Can Be Punished By Jail Time and a Fine of Up to $15,000

        Or

Do Not Remove Or Strip Away That Which Belongs To the Forest.  
Whosoever Transgresses Will Offer To Jupiter an Ox as Placation
                                                                                                     (the Lex Spoletina)


There is salt again above the roots.
There is salt again when we return.

Strangely, someone is trying to kill these trees.

We haven’t yet reached the motive
             But
Often storeowners
Want their signs
To achieve
More prominence. 

The law does not have to be right there
To be right there.


                                    (New York City, USA, 2008
                                                  &
                                     Spoleto, Italy, 315 BC)

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Francis Raven's books include Architectonic Conjectures (Silenced Press, 2010), Provisions (Interbirth, 2009), 5-Haifun: Of Being Divisible (Blue Lion Books, 2008), Shifting the Question More Complicated (Otoliths, 2007), Taste: Gastronomic Poems (Blazevox 2005) and the novel, Inverted Curvatures (Spuyten Duyvil, 2005). He homeschools his sons in Philadelphia.