Winter 2011 • Vol. XXXIII No. 1 Poetry |

Elegy

I carry a ball and glove. I study the stars. I arrive and depart. "Love many, lose some till none remain," the sailor sang. Ho hum. Near dusk the shadows of humans resemble stones. Inside the house we are suddenly weightless, having not seen each other for years, then touch like lights rehearsing the latitudes of our names. Once in the bracken I did find myself looking for a blown hat, now I'm polishing the lens of a telescope to make the distant more bright. We had a girl pink as a shrimp. Her birth wail filled our gaze that grew and grew till seeing burst a second's glory. We're still proud, but her dolls get older. The colossi of two pop stars flash on a giant screen. We gaze up like ancients not privy. Time's a game of catch and pitch. On ships I think of barns, in sleep I sail the land. I like green best when it courses like fire.—A glove, a ball, a house collapsed. A carcass of vowels wept.

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MARK IRWIN’s fifth collection of poetry, Bright Hunger, appeared from BOA in 2004. He teaches at the University of Southern California and divides his time between there and his home in Colorado.

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