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MOLYBDENUMby Brooks Haxton
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The year before Chernobyl I spent evenings
abstracting translations of reports
by engineers on Soviet nuclear-power plants.
Many times I typed the word molybdenum,
uncertain how it might be said.
Three dollars an item, eight items an hour,
This was the year of our first baby, when I worked
That next year, in a magazine, I saw
And still, I want to make my part make sense,
Brooks Haxton teaches the writing of poetry at Syracuse University and Warren Wilson College. He is the author of Dead Reckoning (1989) and The Sun at Night, published this spring.
Copyright © 1995 by The Atlantic Monthly Company. All rights reserved.
The Atlantic Monthly; July 1995; Molybdenum; Volume 276, No. 1; page 44.