n.1.A deserted condition.
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There are signals that the city is ready to deal more creatively with its climate, to parlay its desertness into a unique asset and a source of pride.
Full desertness, In souls as countries, lieth silent-bare Under the blanching, vertical eye-glare Of the absolute Heavens.
But Barrett's "silent-bare" grief refers to the desertness of souls as well as to that of countries, for her grieving silence looks like death itself, and her speechless mourner, who stands in for both poet and poetic language, is also death-like, unable to cry or to move.