Marfa Mystery Lights

Marfa, Texas

Four glowing orbs move like headlights on a distant desert highway. They stall, then burn like candles in a window before rustling branches.

“Well, what do you think?” A woman turns to her companion on the platform of the Marfa Mystery Lights Viewing Center.

“Frankly, I don’t know what to think.”

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—Susan Briante

Susan Briante is a poet, translator, and essayist. Recent work has appeared in Painted Bride Quarterly, the Brooklyn Rail, New American Writing, Sentence, and other journals. She lives in Austin, Texas.

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