Winter 2004 • Vol. XXVI No. 1 PoetryJanuary 1, 2004 |

Techno

I was tracking the stars through the open truck window,        my friend speeding the roads through the black country— and I was thinking how the songs coming from the radio        were like the speech of a single human American psyche— the one voice of the one collective dream, industrial, amphetamine,        and the stars unmoving— the countryside black and silent, through which a song pumped serious killer        over and over— and I could feel the nation shaping, it was something about the collective dream        of the rich land and the violent wanting— the amphetamine drive and the cows sleeping, all along the sides        of the dark road— never slowing enough to see what we might have seen if the moon rose up        its pharmaceutical light— aspirin-blue over the pine-black hills what was rising up— mullein or something else in the d

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Dana Levin
Dana Levin is the author of four books of poetry, most recently Banana Palace (Copper Canyon Press, 2016), which was a finalist for the Rilke Prize. She serves as Distinguished Writer in Residence at Maryville University in Saint Louis.

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