Barry Spacks

In Issue 5 on February 16, 2011 at 9:26 pm

The Laughter of a Mountain

The calm of a mountain, the calm of a man
who sits like a mountain. Such a man

will rise and appear like a moving mountain
projecting the weight of his inner weather.

When lightning strikes, when hail storms shatter,
imagine the laughter of such a mountain.


Known mainly as a poet/teacher, Barry Spacks has brought out various novels, stories, three poetry-reading CDs and ten poetry collections while teaching literature and writing at M.I.T. & U C Santa Barbara. His most recent book of poems, FOOD FOR THE JOURNEY, appeared from Cherry Grove in August, 2008. Over the years his poetry has appeared in The New Yorker, Harper’s, Atlantic Monthly, Paris Review and hundreds of other journals.

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