Ephemera

By Robin Becker b. 1951 Robin Becker
The snake, alphabet of one glide, swims
with its keepsake head, periscoping, and then

we lose it in the pond grass, lashed
among the bottom-feeders. Pocketing goggles,

my gaze tends pineward, to the driest sky
in twenty years (also passing, rain predicted),

a month of sun days. In Fairbanks, all-night baseball
and a picnic breakfast Alaskan-style. Someone’s

driving south, to Anchorage, in that luscious uplift
that here will linger long enough for us

to get a sunburn, to get down, to get stung,
to get the hang of happiness and get going.

Get the picture? I do, but just for the moment,
which is why I want it monumental, equestrian,

astride, however I can get it. What’s
passing is June, another; peony’s scent; postcards

from the lower forty-eight. The frog I trod sprang back
intact, all its receptors set on July.

Robin Becker, "Ephemera" from The Horse Fair: Poems, published by the University of Pittsburgh Press. Copyright © 2000 by Robin Becker.  Reprinted by permission of Robin Becker.

Source: The Horse Fair: Poems (University of Pittsburgh Press, 2000)

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Poet Robin Becker b. 1951

POET’S REGION U.S., Mid-Atlantic

Subjects Nature, Summer, Sports & Outdoor Activities, Landscapes & Pastorals, Activities, Travels & Journeys

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Poet Robin Becker was born in Philadelphia and earned a BA and MA at Boston University. She taught for many years at the MIT before returning to Pennsylvania in 1994, where she is Liberal Arts Research Professor of English and Women's Studies at Penn State.

Becker’s many collections of poetry include Personal Effects (1977); Backtalk (1982); Giacometti’s Dog (1990); All-American Girl (1996), which won a Lambda Literary Award; . . .

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SUBJECT Nature, Summer, Sports & Outdoor Activities, Landscapes & Pastorals, Activities, Travels & Journeys

POET’S REGION U.S., Mid-Atlantic

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