Space Bar

By Heather McHugh b. 1948 Heather McHugh Read the Q & A
Lined up behind the space bartender
is the meaning of it all, the vessels
marked with letters, numbers,
signs. Beyond the flats

the monitor looms, for all the world
like the world. Images and
motions, weeping women,
men in hats. I have killed

many happy hours here,
with my bare hands,
where TV passes for IV, among
the space cadets and dingbats.

Source: Poetry (March 2008).

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Poet Heather McHugh b. 1948

POET’S REGION U.S., Northwestern

Subjects Activities, Social Commentaries, Popular Culture

Poetic Terms Free Verse