Summer 2009 • Vol. XXXI No. 3 PoetryJuly 1, 2009 |

Everyday People

The oceans are dying. They require a hero, or a generation of heroes. The oceans are curdling in on themselves, and on their constituent lives, they're rising here, and lowering there, I swear I've heard them gasping. And my friends . . . ? Are brooding over who their kids are playing with on the streets. Are coming home after a day where some midlevel management weasel sucked their souls out like a yolk from an egg—right through a tiny puncture-hole in the dome of the skull. The cat has worms. The price of gas is nearly what their grandparents' wedding rings cost. The oceans sorely need a paladin, but my friends are exhausted disputing how many angels can trample the truth from a twelve-dollar overcharge on a cell phone bill. Our privacy is disappearing, cameras sip it uplike thirsty beasts surrounding a shrinking pool of water, my friends are worried, oh yes certainly they're worried, but also the tumor and the marriage and the alcoholic uncle. The war that's this war but is

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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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