Magnetic North

Magnetic North MAGNETIC NORTH/ The scale of the machine those nights, Hard above us like the sky: one weld And then another where fire poured Into shapes, the great sheds vast As hangars placed end to end, Cranes in the rigging of their girders. Three miles of the river. Three shifts In which to raise up Leviathan, Daily, from tons of battered earth. Feel heat shimmering on your face Twenty feet from the ovens, see Common labor or miUwright, you could Of slabs. You could watch as almost Dark shale dancing upon the backs Molten metals were being rolled into Finished lengths of plate. Everything There fed the flames except what came Burning from them, the night sky Glittering Uke a coal seam, blast Furnaces and open hearths glowering Through clouds of smoke. "Metal from Heaven," the Sumerians called iron, Meteoric, fallen onto the ground. In Homestead it was ore, oxides or Salts of the metal, or sintered out Of pig. It was steel when you added Carbon and were ready to tap the heat. The Missouri Review · 233 As though any return were a kind Of arrival in time and the past a place I could walk through, http://www.deepdyve.com/assets/images/DeepDyve-Logo-lg.png The Missouri Review University of Missouri

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MAGNETIC NORTH/ The scale of the machine those nights, Hard above us like the sky: one weld And then another where fire poured Into shapes, the great sheds vast As hangars placed end to end, Cranes in the rigging of their girders. Three miles of the river. Three shifts In which to raise up Leviathan, Daily, from tons of battered earth. Feel heat shimmering on your face Twenty feet from the ovens, see Common labor or miUwright, you could Of slabs. You could watch as almost Dark shale dancing upon the backs Molten metals were being rolled into Finished lengths of plate. Everything There fed the flames except what came Burning from them, the night sky Glittering Uke a coal seam, blast Furnaces and open hearths glowering Through clouds of smoke. "Metal from Heaven," the Sumerians called iron, Meteoric, fallen onto the ground. In Homestead it was ore, oxides or Salts of the metal, or sintered out Of pig. It was steel when you added Carbon and were ready to tap the heat. The Missouri Review · 233 As though any return were a kind Of arrival in time and the past a place I could walk through,

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The Missouri ReviewUniversity of Missouri

Published: Oct 5, 1996

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