Albert Goldbarth Poems


by Albert Goldbarth

‘Away’ by Albert Goldbarth examines the question of what it means to disappear. The speaker discusses what can disappear in the blink of an eye, how whole cities or groups of people can disappear, and how individuals can disappear inward in romantic relationships.

This is a memorable and important poem by American poet Albert Goldbarth. While the poem demonstrates great poetic skill, it is not Goldbarth's most famous work. The poem was originally published in 1994. Goldbarth has published many works over the course of his career.

We think a blink is tiny but

it's the size of all of our eyelashes, it's

the length of a drop of a meteor

that could rub out City Hall

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