After the Earthquake

Anchorage was still
putting itself back together
when I got there
it was summer
hot and humid
with big bugs
and pabst blue ribbon
the only draft beer
in town

in the winter
beer stayed cold
in the slighlty opened windows
of the laundry room
where the steam stuck
to the walls
and banana peels
froze to a crystalline sparkle
in the dumpsters
around the barracks

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