Nights at Odell Lake

Trolling the airwaves with the old Zenith radio,
I catch signals off the ionosphere.

Grandfather tells me before stations were regulated,
he could pull in New York and Boston.

Back in ‘65, when The Beatles released hit after hit,
I skipped to a new station after every song— sang along for hours.

In the morning everything is a snow storm of static.
Nothing gets through . . .

Yet in evening,
as light fails, the veil is removed.

I go inside and bathe my face
in the faint amber glow of the radio,

adjusting the dial to baseball from St. Louis,
a talk show in Albuquerque,

picking up cities
all the way from Calgary to LA.

Mark Thalman

About Mark Thalman

Mark Thalman is the author of Catching the Limit, published by 
Fairweather Books (2009). His work has been widely published 
for four decades. Thalman’s poetry has appeared in Carolina 
Quarterly, CutBank, Pedestal Magazine, and Verse Daily,among 
others. He received his MFA from the University of Oregon, and 
he has been teaching English in the public schools for 34 years. 
Thalman is the editor of For more information 
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