Winter 1983 • Vol. V No. 1 Poetry |

Most Glow / Vessel

1In the hickburg airport, a crucifix once past the guards and bleepers became an unscabbarded dagger at a throat. You bet they check every metal mote now!, so a real priest must suffer their smudging his only, his exquisitely ardent, passion. And in New York too, the codified precautions react most strange with a given life's poignancy: the x-ray said a gun. The woman threw herself over that hardshelled carryon crying no no. Security closed in. No no she whimpered. They unlocked it. A steel-cored dildo-cum-balls. / Two stories, both alike. If I had a boat I'd name it The Cross and The Cock, show how they go in the same one direction: 2 supra-edification. Well I've had Xmas midnight mass exult me, tap my spine like a spigot driven sweet-deep into an unsuspecting maple. But for me, the first and the greatest glory was women. I was twelve or thirteen. My parents had rented a rowboat for the afternoon, it was late afternoon and late April. Lincoln Park Lagoon was rich scum-green, slowly

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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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