Summer 2009 • Vol. XXXI No. 3 Nonfiction |

These Drafts and Castoffs: Mapping James Wright

Kevin Stein These Drafts and Castoffs: Mapping James Wright Outside Madrid's Reine Sophia Museum, night's pregnant belly spilling over the city's belted horizon, I, too, was heavy with arrival. Picasso's Guernica had delivered me from paella and red wine. Spanish teenagers cascading off a bus soon engulfed me. In unison they lifted the black hoods of their Oakland Raiders hoodies, a cross-cultural sign of street cred and disaffection. I rolled up my collar. Inside Reine Sophia's blend of contemporary glass and the old stone of Madrid's first hospital, all the birth- and death-beds had given way to the province of modern art. "Second floor, room 6," I mumbled, locating Picasso's great work in space if not time. Then, sudden compadres, we stood before the painting, iron filings drawn by its shadowy magnet. Arm by lifted arm, the boys dropped their hoods, leaves unleafing from the windswept branch, their hair black as tree trunk, mine as gray as week-old snow. Ruffled quiet of shuffled

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Kevin Stein has published eleven books of poetry, criticism, and anthology, including the recent collection Wrestling Li Po for the Remote (Fifth Star Press, 2013) and the essays Poetry's Afterlife: Verse in the Digital Age (U of Michigan, 2010). Poet Laureate of Illinois, Stein was awarded in 2016 The Order of Lincoln, the state's highest honor for professional achievement and service. He teaches at Bradley University.

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