Academic journal article Michigan Quarterly Review


Academic journal article Michigan Quarterly Review


Article excerpt

Already a year has passed, it's the end

of 2013, and Monterey Bay is aghast

with harbor seals and whales,

they say, though not the right

kind, and the sea

bats eviscerating themselves

have them talking up

and, yes, down

the coast. Is this my own,

unfinished, work? And what want

you here, only halfway there?

Something cryptic, yet personal,

like a beginner s course

in dolphin as a second language?

Inviting, because it makes you feel

bad about liking it, like being

in a boy band? Harmful is everything

known to the state

of California, and I won't be

around for as long as it seems.

While my son is making ghost music

(his words), you, a child of the golden age

of industrial musicals, pretend

to be as high above us as evening

delivery trucks are above the law,

as every government

is a caretaker: you wouldn't think

to ask it how it rates

its own performance. …

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