Barbara F. Lefcowitz has published nine poetry collections, including her latest, The Blue Train to America (2007). Her fiction, poetry, and essays have appeared in over 600 journals. She has won writing fellowships and prizes from the National Endowment for the Arts, the National Endowment for the Humanities, and the Rockefeller Foundation, among others. She lives in Bethesda, Maryland and is also a visual artist.
Sprawled on the condo pool’s deck I flip through the paper’s latest catastrophes look away and gaze at the semi-circle of catatonic townhouses, their eyes identically bandaged. The old mirrors inside them must be lonely and bored reflecting only a succession of lights and darks with neither fingerprints nor eyeprints.
On my paper’s back page a few lines about the images of wild goats carved into gold Canaanite earrings recently unearthed from two millennia back not far from Meggido. At which point a flock of goats romps and frolics on the concrete deck and I jump into the pool’s turquoise eye float above its zigzags of sun rays.