Winter 2006 • Vol. XXVIII No. 1 Writing in Code: Literature and the Genome |

Voyage

Sometimes I wake up with the sheet soaking wet.—Bruce Springsteen The banditos of the inner region would take not onlyyour money but, with little provocation, your throat—their dogs were said to love that tender delicacyespecially. Other menaces that Darwin metwith equal calm were from the land itself:volcano; earthquake; and the jaguar's swipewill tear a man open as easily as an envelope.Those dicey moments shrivel up and blow away in the gale forceof his zeals: "I am today red-hot with spiders,they are so interesting!" A loveliness is everywhere: "The hazebecame a most beautiful pale French gray." And the Earth,of course, was just beginning to open herself for him: here,like a lover, here, and he could look inside, downgeologic forces unimaginable. And so we're always a little surprised, remembering that the background for these five years of adventurewas—this, from a letter—"one continual puke."His correspondence home provides us with a face for his heroicsthat the

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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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Sometimes I wake up with the sheet soaking wet.—Bruce Springsteen The banditos of the inner region would take not onlyyour money but, with little provocation, your throat—their dogs were said […]

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