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  • Looks at Berkeley #23
  • Donald Berger (bio)

The black road seems to like its line A mood of light cut grouped for us in the socket

Slanting rain lets Lily cross us off the list Of land cut short from sight

Who makes the picture has to be in front of it To look at paint calm inexact Although it was sadness really

Men tighten their skin, lie down in its ruin The meadow of six feet’s great idea Of somehow really talking

If what we see’s not real, what art will I love

Squares sheet the ground, transparent rushed white curves Pick up the mark

The way a lie slips up its back From accident holding off Sloppy steel greens west and south

No sky to speak of, Naples yellow on a chunk Of phthalo green, the darkened Version but I’ll take you to the maps [End Page 338]

Donald Berger

DONALD BERGER is the author of The Long Time, a bilingual edition (Wallstein Press, Germany) and Quality Hill (Lost Roads Publishers). His poems and prose have appeared in The New Republic, Slate, TriQuarterly, Conjunctions, Fence, The Iowa Review, and other magazines. He teaches writing at Johns Hopkins University.



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