Today the calendar tells me the variedthrush can be confused only with the robin,but is more rare. There is also a lineon the gas can I’m filling between enoughand blowing us up. To the departmentof distinctions: demerit. All week the vacuum’sattachment brush was clumsy at the joinof floor and baseboard, all morningthere has been snow hail rain all in full sun.To the departments of weather and dust,carbon copy to the department of pitchers:I’m pretty sure I’m already filled up. [End Page 112]
Sarah Barber’s poems have appeared in or are forthcoming from Poetry, Crab Orchard Review, The Journal, Fugue, Malahat, Crazyhorse, New Ohio Review, and FIELD. Her book, The Kissing Party, was published in 2010 by the National Poetry Review Press. She teaches at St. Lawrence University in Canton, NY.