Fall 1990 • Vol. XII No. 4 PoetryOctober 1, 1990 |

Already in 1927

Summer night in quiet level suburban streets, lights still on in two out of three houses, five small green lights edge the driveway of a brick house two doors down, cold lights in the warm dark air . . . Hundreds of lives within three blocks-persons who look away—and this is only one modest suburb in North Carolina or Connecticut. Too many: persons who are looking away. From you. But what about 1927? Then too lamps burned in thousands of windows within a few miles, and were seen through the thick of summer night meaning lives, averted, oblivious, unreachable; a boy and a girl said goodnight at the door and from her window she watched him walk away into the ripe darkness of June 1927. She felt his steps leading to a city job and other girls, girls with expensive hats. She felt so small, lost and so small . . . She sat on her bed for twenty minutes—then she tied a paisley kerchief in her hair and washed her face and read a novel by Hardy and grew up and married a partly go

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