Everything in the Universe is Amy Wright’s first full-length poetry collection. She is also the author of five chapbooks and Cracker Sonnets, a handbook of pop-culture Americana in verse, and she serves as both nonfiction editor of Zone 3 Press and coordinator of creative writing at Austin Peay State University in Clarksville. Wright is the co-author, with William Wright, of Creeks of the Upper South, a lyric reflection on changing waterways and cultural habitats.
A siren insists brusquely for us to “take shelter
immediately,” at which point, cluster flies
flutter to a windowless first floor copy room
where we sip coffee and joke about bomb shelters,
food rations, and someone muses what it would be like,
to—you know—safely, watch a funnel
touch down, which is happening
in the air vent and the next town over,
though no one’s going to chase it.
Doubtless this conversation mirrors a thousand
similarly wasted moments in which no one confesses
how much they hunger and hurt daily, as if a great wind
has already sucked them up from the center, whirled
them into an infinite vacuum of aloneness,
if they can bear to be so very much together
Copyright (c) 2016 by Amy Wright. All rights reserved. “Tornado Warning” was first published in The Southern Poetry Anthology VI.
Tagged: 2016 Southern Festival of Books, Amy Wright, Poetry