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Wednesday, March 27, 2013

Dream Bridge: Passaic River

It took them two years to rebuild the bridge between here and Garfield, the roadway ripped up to its ribs, rusting steel with nothing but brown surging water beneath, our side bequeathed the rates and roaches and junk cars, with factories sprewing green liquid down into the water from concrete pipes, while dead fish float at the bridge's feet, low water showing its roots like rotting teeth-- a few web-backed carp struggling at the foot of reeds, scavaging the remains of their breathern, bones of both rising with the morning froth as barefooted children wade across in their rush to school.

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