Winter 1986 • Vol. VIII No. 1 PoetryJanuary 1, 1986 |

An Introduction to New Jersey

The Eskimo has fifty words for snow.    (an anthropological truism) Consider our gentler tundra,say U.S. 3 West, near midnight,the slow, spiraling climbout of Lincoln Tunnel—how as you rise the wholemidtown skyline rises with youlike a wall of lighted newsprintwhile columns of headlightsfloating queasily somehow holdformation, though every driver'sdrunk—how the viaductfinally slings all lanes offstrict west toward Secaucus,Newark, Delaware Water Gapside by side at seventy,the Empire State a lighted targetfastened to your back whileall about you flakes of lightfly faster, the news grows thicker,pages of it coming up behindyou, turning in the mirror—how I still, by heart, rememberwhere certain lanes for noapparent reason peter out.There's help in Montclair,I would say, handing my car keysto the Eskimo, knowinghe wouldn't live five minutesout there.

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