About the Author
Rebecca Lehmann is the author of Between the Crackups, winner of the Crashaw Prize. Her poems have been published in Tin House, The Georgia Review, Ploughshares, Fence, Boston Review, and more. She lives in South Bend, Indiana, where she is an assistant professor of English at Saint Mary’s College.
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Natural History Tell me the world. Here comes light, unspoken. Light hooks a claw on the horizon, pulls itself into view. Here comes water, saline, scattering single-celled organisms. Land is a puppet. It climbs hydrothermal vents like stairs. Lava congeals. Land rises. Here comes land, hand-springing out of water. Wind is a comma, pausing the day. At night, wind kicks its legs. What about multi-celled life? What about invertebrates and vertebrates? Tell me evolution. Tell me old growth forests. Tell me a rainbow. Tell me blue-tailed skinks. Here comes science, explaining eyeballs. Look, here come the stars. Here comes a commuter train, hopping the rails and crashing into an empty sidewalk at 2:30 in the morning. Here come sparklers. Use them to trace letters of light in the darkness. Here comes someone’s childhood cat. Here comes a paper about George Washington, complete with colored pencil illustrations of his many sets of false teeth. Tell me bourgeois glass lanterns strung from a live oak. Tell me a graveyard bigger than its town. Please understand I mean no harm. Hold the phone. Here comes Tina, hand-springing across the backyard. Here comes a tent. Wind boxes its nylon sides, scaring the children, their sleeping bags unfurled and arranged like daisy petals. Tell me a flashlight.
Table of ContentsContents Natural History One Ringer Amoebae Morning Lasso Corker Swerve Time Traveler River Seas, Silver Snakes and the Dark Locker Room Talk Man We Got Stuck in a Colonial Painting Time Traveler Academia Portal Aubade Prism Verses Exit Interview Two Two Debtors The Beauties Dreaming of Mangoes The Sea Epithalamion Elegy for Almost Time Traveler Closer Than You Think Lepidoptera Hot Coal Spirit We Got Stuck in a Parrot Rescue Center Swan Road Go Time Traveler Into the Firmament Swelter Today No Name Three Alternative Facts Godfather Death Fever Come and See Good Friday Every Woman Adores a Fascist Time Traveler Snow Poem Ashes Dog Star My Life as a Fig Tree Maybe an Elegy Ice Storm Make America Great Again Enough Time Traveler Ulterior Motives The Afterlife Notes Acknowledgments