• Construction Workers at Night

    Shane McCrae

    Fall 2023

      Two workers, one on either side of the hole, pull

        The ladder through. The hole is square, two

      Feet by two feet, one story off the ground

    Cut in a fence between two buildings.    They are there to

      Make sure the ladder doesn’t slip and vanish

        Into the darkness past the blinking

    Shane McCrae is the author of the poetry collections The Many Hundreds of the Scent and Cain Named the Animal: Poems as well as a memoir, Pulling the Chariot of the Sun. He lives in New York City and teaches at Columbia University.

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