Winter 1998 • Vol. XX No. 1 PoetryJanuary 1, 1998 |

Capitalist Poem #42

While Elizabeth shops at Costco, Sam and I play hide-and-seek among the bales and pallets in that vast warehouse of pure things. Believe me, what little we do buy--               napkins and painkillers, loops of figs, loose cashews, a carton of overripe cantaloupes, tubs of discount laundry detergent and the Ansel Adams desk calendar, three dozen lightbulbs, twenty-two metric socket wrenches, Tinkertoys, tea bags, tennis balls, Christmas tinsel, cheese rolls and midget palm trees, string cheese, soda crackers and computer software--            is as nothing to what we leave behind, the merest anthill against the Great Pyramid of Cheops, a sidewalk crevice compared to that Grand Canyon of commodities. Bright laughter, summer skies. So we descend into the abyss.

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Campbell McGrath is the author of ten books of poetry, most recently In the Kingdom of the Sea Monkeys (Ecco Press, 2012). A resident of Miami, he teaches in the MFA program at Florida International University.

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