Steven Bauer

po_Bauer-StevenSteven Bauer was born on September 10, 1948 in Newark, New Jersey. He and his family lived in Florham Park, New Jersey, where he attended the public schools, graduating from high school in June of 1966. In September of 1966, he began attending Trinity College in Hartford, Connecticut. A member of Theta Xi Fraternity, he graduated in 1970 with a B.A. with Honors in English. In the summer of 1970 he moved to California and lived for two years in Auburn, in the foothills of the Sierra Nevada.

INTRO TO POETRY
Steven Bauer

You thought it was math that taught
the relation of time and speed
but it’s farther than you knew
from that sun-lit white-walled classroom
to this darkened lounge with its couch
and overstuffed chairs. How many miles,
would you say, since you talked
as if poetry were no distorting mirror,
one-way street? But listen, sometimes
it’s like this, a stranger’s Ford pulls up,
and you, with no plans for the afternoon,
get in. He doesn’t talk, stares at the road
and it’s miles before you understand
you didn’t want to travel. His lips say no
as you reach for the radio’s knob.

In this silence you fall deeper
into yourself, and even the car
disappears, the stranger’s face blurs
into faded upholstery, and all things
being equal, you’re alone as though
you’ve wandered into a forest with night
coming on, no stars, the memory of sun
and a voice’s asking Is this my life?