Impossible to comprehend the wind—its broken dialectic with the firscrackling like a cracked CB scannerin the slightest murmuring off Puget Sound
distinct in logic, rhetoric, and tonefrom the hurricane dismantling a pieron Narragansett Bay, its ragged powerto scatter planks and pilings in the foam.
As Sandy surges, we talk politicsin intervals between raw bursts of thunder,debating global warming/climate change
to keep the storm door clinging by a hinge,the air inside the room shifting like airinside a bell before the clapper strikes. [End Page 29]
BRIAN BRODEUR is the author of the poetry collections Natural Causes (2012) and Other Latitudes (2008), as well as the poetry chapbooks Local Fauna (2015) and So the Night Cannot Go on Without Us (2007). His new work appears in American Poetry Review, Measure, The Missouri Review, Southwest Review, and River Styx. He is Assistant Professor of English at Indiana University East and lives with his wife and daughter in the Whitewater River Valley.