August 2006

Curtis Bauer


Curtis Bauer Curtis Bauer's first poetry collection, Fence Line (BkMk Press, 2004), won the 2003 John Ciardi prize. He is an editor of and publisher of Q Ave Press Chapbooks. His poems, essays and translations have appeared recently in Fulcrum, Bliss, 32 Poems, and From the Fishouse.
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For a thousand miles.  
A thousand miles of straight road.  
A thousand grass-clung attentions,
grass-clung empty-sky hillocks,
dirt-packed riverbeds,
plastic bag billowing fat-boy shapes
hanging on the barbed wire.  
Three hundred thousand footsteps crunching
the thousands of millions of year-ground granite.  
Twelve hundred hundreds trees burn.  
Another.  Another.  Turn
at the liquor store on Bartoke Road
burned tar black, fire burnished.
A hundred further, five thousand
odd hundred feet up, another,
another. On the thousands of feet,
the clouds cover the countless others
we're at the top of. We look down.



Curtis Bauer: Poetry
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