Fall 1989 • Vol. XI No. 4 PoetryOctober 1, 1989 |

Radio Baseball

1. Establishing Poles  There's a rhythmic dip and uplilt to the freshly marcelled hair of these secretaries in the 1930s (early enough, I think, that they would still be called "typewriters") so the first row in this hand-tinted photograph catches, if I wanted to travel the distance, the formally-patterned grandeur of waves in a Hokusai woodblock print of the sea . . ./but   I just want to stare at a cloud this morning, make my brain the cloud, be anything but thoughtful.  I could concentrate on death, and what it means of measuring space, that stars already dead are still being counted by lovers awake in a sleeping bag in a forest. In this picture of my father (with the "office boys," the back row) —is he only the visible consequences being radiated by his death some 50 years away? . . . /but   now I only want to fix on something simple, a trail of deer scat, no, one tarry unit of that trail, barely fissured, oblong, black.  My father will marry this girl who's

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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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