Winter 2008 • Vol. XXX No. 1 Poetry |

Through the Elements

The distinction between halophilic archaeans and methanosarcina or flavobacteria and gram-positive bacteria clearly will never be a matter of moment for most of us.—Bill Bryson Outside now, a heavying sleet; the milo hanging its thousands of heads like a field of penitents bent to their punishment. Nothing stops this wrath from coming down to lay its cold pelt on the body of the world. It's less like weather and more like an enemy army billeted here, for as long as it chooses. Nothing stops this iron wind, or stops us from confusing it with the other enormous severities in our lives we can't control—our rage and the incomprehensible rage of others, our covetousness, the voices of reproach that fill the dark beyond all reconciliation; "I can pour this in all night," a woman told me once, with a held-high bottle for proof, "and still wake up with my soul as dry as a stick." And so I understand our retreat to the worlds of our expertise and their buttressing jar

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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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