John Balaban

(1943 / Philadelphia)

John Balaban Poems

1. Abandoned House, Saigon 10/14/2016
2. A Finger 10/14/2016
3. Eddie 10/14/2016
4. After Our War 10/14/2016
5. For the Missing in Action 10/14/2016
6. The Painting 1/29/2015
7. Passing Through Albuquerque 12/1/2014
Best Poem of John Balaban

Passing Through Albuquerque

At dusk, by the irrigation ditch
gurgling past backyards near the highway,
locusts raise a maze of calls in cottonwoods.

A Spanish girl in a white party dress
strolls the levee by the muddy water
where her small sister plunks in stones.

Beyond a low adobe wall and a wrecked car
men are pitching horseshoes in a dusty lot.
Someone shouts as he clangs in a ringer.

Big winds buffet in ahead of a storm,
rocking the immense trees and whipping up
clouds of dust, wild leaves, and cottonwool.

In the moment when the locusts pause and the ...

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