“Wall Street”

A new poem

by Mary Jo Bang
The trapeze artist above
                                             is invested in space.
She attends to the arc the bar makes
                                             the way you’d watch a movie
where a star who looks like you swings on a swing.


It’s true you know how to wait
                                             although I don’t know that
that counts as knowledge.


I heard a banker say to Monsignor this morning,
                                             I’m certain God wishes me well.

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Mary Jo Bang is the author of six volumes of poems, including The Bride of E (2009) and Elegy (2007), which received the National Book Critics Circle Award. She teaches at Washington University in St. Louis. Her translation of Dante’s Inferno, with illustrations by Henrik Drescher, was published in August by Graywolf.

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