The Glasses And The Way
I used to know the way and there are maps everywhere
still buried between the books, though I’ve always known
it’s the same; that the weather never changes and the good
days are coming as sure as they are not. The difference is
only the view and these glasses are as good as the first day
I put anything on. Maybe I should just go and look in the
mirror again, as if I didn’t know what was there and
maybe I don’t. If only I keep on looking, I’ll find the street
I wanted to live on. It will contain the woods I lived in
complete with the trees I cut down that built the
neighborhood. I remember the smell when the snow
started melting and the world came back to life. It was a
planet I never wanted to leave and to this day I still want
to be buried in.
Poet, biographer, and editor Barry Silesky was born in 1949 in Minneapolis, Minnesota. He earned a BA from Northwestern and an MA from the University of Illinois-Chicago. His books of poetry include The New Tenants (1992), Greatest Hits, 1980–2000, and The Disease: Poems (2006). He has also published a book of micro-fiction, One Thing That Can Save Us (1994). He is a noted biographer, and his biographies include Ferlinghetti: The Artist in His Time (1990) and John Gardner: Literary Outlaw (2004). Silesky lives and works in Chicago, where writes with his wife─fiction writer─Sharon Solwitz.