Hearing Loss

Noah Baldino

A person with mid-frequency hearing loss has difficulty hearing mid-frequency sounds but can still hear high- or low-frequency sounds.The human voice is a mid-frequency sound.

I’ve been pollinated by silence since              I was a child, dawdling,                                                                               insulated, uninterrupted, save a perched sparrow’s whistle,                or the thrashing ofa lemon in the garbage disposal.                                     The doctor said the human voice.                        Light rain. Unwrappinga gift, the sound of the paper tearing. Each night, bees wring patientdrops of honey into my ears.                                                              Someday soon, I’ll no longer hear anything but that sweetness—

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Noah Baldino has poems and reviews that can be found or found soon in Poetry, Black Warrior Review, Kenyon Review, and elsewhere. They currently live and teach in Indiana.

Indiana Review

Winter 2018 Volume 40 Number 2

Bloomington, Indiana

Indiana University

Mariah Gese

Associate Editor
Alberto Sveum

Poetry Editor
Soleil David

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