Summer 1996 • Vol. XVIII No. 3/4 PoetryJuly 1, 1996 |

Hymn

We are moving nearly at the speed of light but we do our jobs  optician florist fruit vendor bumthe world is cut in half and we don't know it black on one side   white on the other new love arriving in microscopic doses not through our skin not through shifts in the composition of  the brain not through ingesting chemicals spirit has ignited the human world which equals the square  root of 82 the need for the face of God has overwhelmed us   the need to kneel in a pool of mud still responsible seated at our desks making a living serving   populations of the earth we still eat breakfast shower put on clean underwear tie our  shoes check to see how our hair looks read the financial   page the headlines drink one last mouthful of orange juice  before we step into the streetsometimes we copy the palms of our hands on the office xerox   machine while no one's looking sometimes we gaze out the window search other windows for  cohorts but the gla

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Stephen Berg founded and edited the American Poetry Review. His collections of poetry include The Daughters (1971), Grief (1975), In It (1986), New & Selected Poems (1992), Shaving (1998), and 58 Poems (2013). He taught at Princeton and Haverford College and served as a professor of humanities at the University of the Arts in Philadelphia. His honors and awards include fellowships from the Guggenheim Foundation, the Rockefeller Foundation, and the Pew Foundation. He received a PEN grant in translation and the Frank O’Hara Prize.

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