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Barry Ballard

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Barry Ballard is the author of First Probe To Antarctica (Bright Hill Press, 2004).

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When the earth is tempered, compressed and cooled
in the heavens like something somber
and inanimate, I wonder if we'll
be photographed, our spectrum smudged and framed
on someone's laboratory floor, each hue
of color speaking of how we were conquered
by our own base elements. They'd peel
back the layers,