Interferometry

Jake Adam York

The dish,
                      like a moon on my neighbor’s roof,
gathers light

though it isn’t light he’s after,

no football or satellite films,
but the sound of light
                                              instead.

Last week he called me over
to listen to Orion’s warble,

the stars’ ancient waves
twinkling in and out
                                           through the solar wind,

caught clear as local channels
in his homemade radio.

The dish wanes tonight,
                                                  maybe searching
for more exotic noise,

black holes or planets cutting in,

and I try to hear, holding still,
the night’s music in his basement room,

but can’t break through.

As I shift in my sweat,
                                               the dish waxes full
and the crickets’

high and quickening cycle
                                                       rises
like so many stars

sunk in the grass and burning,
burning the night
                                      with song.
© 2007 University of North Carolina Greensboro
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JAKE ADAM YORK is a recent graduate of Cornell University’s MFA/Ph.D. program. His work appears in The Texas Review, The Southern Review, and Shenandoah, where he is currently a contributing editor. He teaches American literature and creative writing at the University of Colorado at Denver and serves as the poetry editor for the online magazine storySouth.com.