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Julianna Baggott, who also writes under the pen names Bridget Asher and N. E. Bode, is a novelist, short story writer, and poet. She is the author of three poetry collections: Compulsions of Silkworms & Bees (Louisiana State University Press, 2007). Lizzie Borden in Love: Poems in Women's Voices (Southern Illinois University Press, 2006), and This Country of Mothers (Southern Illinois University Press, 2001). She teaches at Florida State University and lives in Florida.

Q and A: Do you have any tips? Answer #2

How many times do I have to say it: Listen,
a whine in a bulb,
		its hiss of life,
the fragile sister of the mosquito, the electric life of wings.
There is a wheel rut for each of us somewhere.
Look closely at the skein of eggs,
		root the mud for a clamped oyster
fallen from a truck.  Cover your nose and mouth
with both hands, and there,
			in that shallow cup,
feel a buffalo's breathing steam.
A toppled stone, its face veiled by weeds—
crouch. The blooms become helmets.
Allow for delirium, a thirst. Take in
so much sun that you feel a cold absence,
as if you’ve sipped a hole into the world.

Reprinted by permission of Louisiana State University Press from Compulsions of Silk Worms and Bees by Julianna Baggott. Copyright © 2007 by Julianna Baggott.

Reprinted by permission of Louisiana State University Press from Compulsions of Silk Worms and Bees by Julianna Baggott. Copyright © 2007 by Julianna Baggott.

Julianna Baggott

Julianna Baggott, who also writes under the pen names Bridget Asher and N. E. Bode, is a novelist, short story writer, and poet. She is the author of three poetry collections: Compulsions of Silkworms & Bees (Louisiana State University Press, 2007). Lizzie Borden in Love: Poems in Women's Voices (Southern Illinois University Press, 2006), and This Country of Mothers (Southern Illinois University Press, 2001). She teaches at Florida State University and lives in Florida.