Winter 2008 • Vol. XXX No. 1 Poetry |

Secondhand Light

The moon of course—that bank shot of the sun's. Of course the evanescent rickrack that the sun sews into the lake top. Or a dime of sun that floats the gritty liquid in an opened oyster shell. But really anything—since everything we see is light some surface has refused. The bulb for sale in the secondhand shop is from 1920, and works: the size and shape of a serving of sausage, and its light now over ninety years is fat-light, pork-light, thick, pearlescent! Once, my friend Janelle admits, she watched a burly bull of a moth repeatedly beat at a flame until its violent fidelity killed it—she could even see and smell the scorch— and without even thinking it through she popped it like a wafer onto her tongue, to feel that storage before it cooled away. ● ● It isn't spindly, isn't wan or anything like stunted—this extraordinary plant life with the pompom fringe and waterfalling laces of a drag queen's sassy gown, and with the brisk vim of a welterweight. The seeds

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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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