Summer 1986 • Vol. VIII No. 3 PoetryJuly 1, 1986 |

The Ideal

for John Hales and Joe Battaglia CARDIFF GIANT: The world's greatest hoax: made by a Chicago stone-mason, buried on a New York State farm and later exhumed, the "Giant" in its time fooled hundreds of thousands and is known in our history and legends. text from a postcardbought in Cooperstown, N.Y. North: the watered-down sunLets the light of its long life goShadowy over the spineOf the Appalachians. Everything is old. In the Rockies you want to believeThe planet has just been born,Ragged cliff face and pure razorOf switchback only this second ripped Out of God's still unrevised dreamOf a place something unknownCalled humankind might liveOnce the dust settles and the kinks Work out of the idea of garden.But these tame, torn-down mountainsOf the Northeast hardly seem Christian,Too wind- and water-worn To have been created at a strokeEx nihilo. Don't you believe it,I can hear my grandmother saying.Just because it's written down In black and white don't make it

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T. R. Hummer’s tenth book of poems, Ephemeron, was published by LSU Press in November 2011; his second book of essays, Available Surfaces, will appear in University of Michigan Press’s Poets on Poetry Series in 2012. He lives in Phoenix, Arizona, and teaches at Arizona State University.

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