Miles of nothingness       Across open frozen lakes
Inuvik to Tuktoyaktuk       The Mackenzie River
Parts of the Arctic Ocean       The distant oil rigs,
World’s most desolate spot       Ninety grand in 3 months,
Before the melt       A convoy of six trucks, burning
With loads, 40 below       Speeding causes waves,
Blow out the ice       Swallow us       I’m the leader,
Hauling 22 tons, my Kenworth T800 Aerocab Sleeper
A plate of steel in front in case of moose       In this wasteland
Anything can kill–Fatigue, equipment failure, avalanches,
Frost heaves, white out       Ice always cracks
In one month this will end       Elk National Park, I’ll take
The family       My wife and girls kayak       I’ll sleep in, tee off
It’s night now       A dark shape approaches       A big rig
Submerged in the ice, frozen in place       Wonder if
He fell asleep       I remember the Park       Dusk, a late spring
Snow       We were watching the snowflakes land       My daughter
Pointed and said they were stars napping

Matt Bialer

MATT BIALER is the author of 15 books of poetry including Radius and Wing of Light (Les Editions du Zaporogue), Bridge, Frequencies, Valley of the Eight (Leaky Boot Press) ,Tell Them What I Saw (PS Publishing, UK)He Walks On All Fours (Dynatox Ministries) and Ascent (JournalStone). His poems have appeared in many print and online journals including La Zaporogue, Green Mountains Review, Gobbet, Forklift Ohio, Cultural Weekly and H_NGM_N.He is also an acclaimed black and white street photographer and watercolorist who has exhibited widely.Some of his photographs are in the permanent collections of The Brooklyn Museum, The Museum of the City of New York and the The New York Public Library and his watercolors are in many private collections.His photographic monographs, More Than You Know and A Moment’s Notice were published in 2011 and 2016 by Les Editions du Zaporogue and Shadowbrook, a book of his paintings was issued by the same publisher in 2012. Matt lives with his wife Lenora Lapidus and daughter Izzy in Park Slope, Brooklyn.

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