Summer 2008 • Vol. XXX No. 3 Poetry |

We’d Been Drinking Champagne When I Found It

Like a man clearing the table       with his backhand, this lightning.         This is the rotation of concern, weatherman says, pointing to a milky swirl before the box goes black. Attack.       Good line for a pantoum, I think.       You add vinegar to the boiling water       to poach eggs, then swirl a churning well,    crack the egg in quick so it cooks tight.         This is the rotation of—      We are poached in this black box, outside the black night boils,      cracks. What separates—X       of masking tape on the windows. Hurricane                          proof.This is a warning from your Emergency Broadcast—                           Lightning                      makes glass        

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Beth Ann Fennelly directs the MFA Program at the University of Mississippi, where she was named Outstanding Teacher of the Year. She’s won grants from the NEA and United States Artists. Her work has won a Pushcart Prize and three times been included in The Best American Poetry Series. Fennelly has published three books of poems and a book of essays with W. W. Norton. Her most recent book is The Tilted World, a novel she co-authored with her husband, Tom Franklin, published by HarperCollins. They live in Oxford with their three children.


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