SEVEN | FALL 2017
In nowhere, out of nowhere, now here, now there, Moses stands insubstantial as shifting dunes. Hairs on his arms upright, hair on his head pointing straight at the stars. A tremendous heat fuses him to the air: pillar of charcoal, pillar of ash, pilloried human in the square center of the round world. Dumbstruck. All he wanted was a name. All he gets is, I am what I am. Moses mumbles, They are who they are. They went where they went. Bent over he empties sand fused into glass out of his sandals. Night-dazed, he carries half-a-rewrapped hoagie back to work on the graveyard shift, saving the leftovers for a promised land.
Walter Bargen has published 19 books of poetry. Recent books include: Days Like This Are Necessary: New & Selected Poems (2009), Endearing Ruins/Liebenswerte Ruinen (2012), Trouble Behind Glass Doors (2013), and Gone West/Ganz im Westen (2014). His awards include: the Chester H. Jones Foundation prize, a National Endowment for the Arts Fellowship, and the William Rockhill Nelson Award. He was appointed the first poet laureate of Missouri (2008-2009). www.walterbargen.com