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. Passing Through Albuquerque 12/20/2017
7. Eddie 12/20/2017
8. The Painting 12/20/2017
9. Abandoned House, Saigon 12/20/2017
10. A Finger 12/20/2017
11. Passing Through Albuquerque 12/20/2017
13. IF ONLY 12/20/2017
14. IF ONLY 12/20/2017
15. Eliseo's Cabin, Taos Pueblo 12/20/2017
16. After the Inauguration, 2013 12/20/2017
17. A Finger 12/20/2017
18. Anna Akhmatova Spends the Night on Miami Beach 12/20/2017
19. The Painting 1/29/2015
20. Passing Through Albuquerque 12/1/2014

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  • Warren Falcón Warren Falcón (1/19/2015 12:08:00 PM)

    MORE poems, please! !

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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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A Finger

After most of the bodies were hauled away
and while the FBI and Fire Department and NYPD
were still haggling about who was in charge, as smoke cleared,
the figures in Tyvek suits came, gloved, gowned, masked,
ghostly figures searching rubble for pieces of people,
bagging, then sending the separate and commingled remains
to the temporary morgue set up on site.
This is where the snip of forefinger began its journey.

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