MARCH/APRIL 2010

WHATEVER SURROGATE

A NEW POEM

by Albert Goldbarth

Because we were evolved to rush for berries in the dark,
avoiding predators eight times our weight and speed, and now
we have that same emotionalenergyturmoiloompahpah
of endless need and heat and promise in our selves, but not enough
of daily circumstance in which to invest it, in which to burn it
away… well, we have church, and boxing, and Oscars,
and philandering… whatever surrogate extraness suffices.

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Albert Goldbarth lives in Wichita, Kansas. His books of poetry have twice won the National Book Critics Circle Award. His latest is To Be Read in 500 Years (Graywolf Press), and his novel is Pieces of Payne.

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