By Mary Jo Bang
Winner of the 1996 Bakeless Literary book Prize for Poetry
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The gods might strike me dead if they knew you were the object of this sad ecstasy. Sometimes I dress you as the well-dressed man I pass each morning on the street. I'm drawn to his brown suede hat. Or the doctor with soft hands who told me it's best to think of pain as a number between one and ten. You've been many things, all the same. This is the dream swimmer's deep, that unbridled edge of anarchy, where everything's a pale blue-green and the air itself is drinkable. It's safe to speak here.
Page i Apology for Want Page ii The Bakeless Literary Publication Prizes are sponsored by the Bread Loaf Writers' Conference of Middlebury College to support the publication of first books. The manuscripts are selected through an open competition and are published by University Press of New England/Middlebury College Press. 1996 Competition Winners Poetry Mary Jo Bang, Apology for Want JUDGE: Edward Hirsch Fiction Katherine L. " "Where Snow Falls" was reprinted in the 1995/1996 Anthology of Magazine Verse Yearbook of American Poetry.
One day you'll be grateful that music's been written especially for this. Over time, you'll be experthigh-pitched, lean. You'd like to know more but the clairvoyant is so rarely at homeor demands more than you have now in pocket or purse Be careful of twice-folded notes: inevitably they say, Warning: You have no future. Leave your name, a number where you can surely be reached. You know how to receive. Wait to be summoned from a field where mist curls your hair where yellow leaves fall, thin-veined and glorious.
Apology for want by Mary Jo Bang