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Guilty and Reckless, I Try to Meet the Tornado Head On

From: Colorado Review
Volume 41, Number 1, Spring 2014
p. 111 | 10.1353/col.2014.0042

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Bicycle: hold my cards in your spokes for this dumb spin.

Indiana reminds me
    that right before the tornado,
        the world—

it’s all golden and fresh like a warm loaf of bread, like honey
            drizzled over every last thing, the cracks

    in the sidewalks sticky with honey and the dogs would bend
        at once to lick it, the ants get stuck, the birds’ beaks stuck
                closed with sweetness.

Later, the dogs are full and I don’t eat,
                and I don’t eat,
            and then
        I try to think of something geometric and pleasing like
            a suspended staircase:

    each of its steps held up by mathematics, tiny
        excuses and explanations science asks us to believe in.

                Me: an ancient wheel,

            a Fibonacci sequence:
    ammonite-me, hardened impression of the girl who used to be:

my slouch an apology rendered
            and re-drawn by nature—the sorry, sorry
                stuck to my surface
like a slug. The tornado never touches down. Some consolation.

Lindsey Alexander  

Lindsey Alexander is a Kentuckian transplanted in the Hoosier state. She edits Lumberyard magazine. Her writing has appeared or is forthcoming in Crazyhorse, Green Mountains Review, and Forklift, Ohio.

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Alexander, L.(2014). Guilty and Reckless, I Try to Meet the Tornado Head On. Colorado Review 41(1), 111. Center for Literary Publishing. Retrieved March 21, 2014, from Project MUSE database.
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