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Eyewear's Top Songs of 2012: #3 'Forever' by Haim

Haim came out of nowhere, improbable as Lana D.R. - in fact, not improbable at all - everyone in music is popping out all over, these days, springing up like hey presto.  This song has a zany-infectious thrill to it, because it is such in-yer-face pure girl pop, channeling Fleetwood Mac and Wacko Jacko, and any number of MTV hits from 1982.  30 years later, this still seems like the best song Pat Benatar never had.  Really a treat.


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Wheeler Light currently lives in Boulder, Colorado.



Life Jacket

summer camp shirtsI couldn’t fit in then
are half my size nowI wanted to wear
smaller and smallerarticles of clothing
I shrunk to the sizethat disappeared

of an afterthoughtin a sinking ship body
too buoyant to sinktoo waterlogged for land
I becamea dot of sand