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

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the text: & then the author's life   behind the text: & then the preexisting   psychic fundament behind that: always further layers penetrable   or not: the word & its origin   & its intention & its several dozen possible meanings   in several dozen heads: not to mention the moment   & the moment before: not to mention let's say love   & then the word "love"—(a) that's painted over with "love"—(b)   very impasto very very impasto: always text& overtext: always &entertext c xz * He hiked the strenuous trails—and above. He did the Stätzerhorn (8,593 feet) and the Lenzerhorn (9,703) and the Piz Bernina (13,284). There would be storms at times  —the ice axe and the crampons little help in this opacity, as Alpine snow became the air—but mostly it was the clarity of vision at these supernal heights that lifted him like a pocket's lining out of hims

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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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