Winter 1981 • Vol. III No. 1 FictionJanuary 1, 1981 |

Ellen’s

1 Turning and turning in the guiding wire * The phone rings. Collect, long distance. "Albert it's Ellen I'm in Kalamazoo and singing in the park" "Kalamazoo?" "by the fountain. I'm singing by the fountain in the park." So it's An Ellen Call. "And the people like it but I'm wondering should I sing for free and sleep in the park by the fountain" If voices have eyes, these two are round as the moons in a child's drawing. "or charge for my singing and sleep in a hotel." "Does your sister know where you're at?" "She doesn't like my singing oh Albert" "Ellen?" "let's rent a xerox machine and have a party and xerox our bodies and make a frieze of all of our friends on the wall." "When you get back. Ellen, what's your sister's number?" * Ellen is in her 30s. It's 1969, she's been my friend three years but I've never seen her depressed. I've never seen those moons' dark sides. * "Albert it's Ellen I was wondering" "H

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Albert Goldbarth has been publishing collections of poetry for over four decades, two of which two have received the National Book Critics Circle Award. His latest, Selfish, was published by Graywolf Press in May 2015. He tests his patience by living in Wichita, Kansas.

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