what lies closed may open

as a roof suggests a house

as a door implies a room

as unguarded houses a town

as a town a world in space

as in boundless silence sound

Barry Spacks' poetry has appeared in The New Yorker,
Harper's, Atlantic Monthly, Paris Review and hundreds of
other journals. While teaching literature and writing at MIT
and UC Santa Barbara he has published novels, stories,
three poetry-reading CDs and 10 poetry collections. His
next book of poems, a collaboration, is A BOUNTY OF 84
from Cherry Grove (August, 2012).
by Barry Spacks