Barry Goldensohn is the author of five collections of poems: St. Venus Eve, Uncarving the Block, The Marrano, Dance Music, and, with his wife, Lorrie, East Long Pond. (December 2008)

Driving Westward to San Diego

Plutonic rubble, boulders, gravel, dust storms, sandstorms, stone and bone-dry desolation, post-nuclear waste, post-firestorm, the tors and pillars of a city we erased with fire from the air. Human work. But we are blameless for this dead debris. The earth’s heart, under its thin …

Back Roads

After a brief violent storm toppled trees, deep rooted ones, splayed crowns across the roads, root balls, the buried double of the crowns pulled up as walls of loam in air, and young ones blown down too, I drove out to meet my wife …

The Hundred Yard Dash Man

I carried him lightly, eighty pounds, my height, half my weight with enough body sense— the old track star— to work in my arms with the balance of his remaining mass as easy live weight. It became his last voyage, from …