At The Same Time
By Hugh Fox

Eighty-five, feeling like every hour is a step back to
the Great Crash of ‘29 when almost everyone in my
family was struggling to find a shovel, scalpel, handgun,
broom, cow barn to survive into a little more beard and
arthritis time, at the same time nowadays, even one daughter
whose husband makes a million a year, and keeps saying
“No one’s got their budget eyes on me, I’m financially
invisible,” but let’s go through the old unpainted, falling
down neighborhoods, past the schools and community
colleges, even the state universities, and look at those
back-to-peasantry eyes and lift-up-the-goblet habits,
hearing the answers every night on all-over-the-world
TV and short wave, but at the same time I seem to be the
only one who hears them.

Hugh Fox was born in Chicago, 1932. Editor of Ghost Dance: The International Quarterly of Experimental Poetry, 1968-1995. Latin American editor of Western World Review & North American Review, during ’60s. Former contributing reviewer on Smith/ Pulpsmith, Choice etc. currently contributing reviewer to SPR and SMR. 105 books published, the most recent including Defiance (poetry, Higganum Hill Press, 2007), Finalmente/Finally (poetry, Solo Press, 2007), Opening the Door to French Film (World Audience, 2007) , Rediscovering America (archaeology, World Audience, 2009), Alex (poetry chapbook, Rubicon Press), Peace/LaPaix (poetry chapbook, Higganum Hill, 2008), The Collected Poetry (World Audience, 2008), Icehouse & The Thirteen Keys to Talmud (A novella and sci-fi novel, Crossing Chaos Press in London, Ontario, 2009), Revoir (short stories, All Things that Matter Press, 2009), Gesangvoll/Songful (Pudding House Chapbook Series, 2010).