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“This poem written as part of the score for a dance piece called Stacks, choreographed by Jonah Bokaer and first performed at Mount Tremper Arts.”
Anne Carson

Thunderstorm Stack

A bird flashed by as if mistaken then it
starts.  We do not think speed of life. 
We do not think why hate Jezebel?  We
think who’s that throwing trees against
the house?  Jezebel was a  Phoenician.
Phoenician thunderstorms are dry and
frightening, they arrive one inside the
other as torqued ellipses.

Copyright © 2015 by Anne Carson. Originally published in Poem-a-Day on November 18, 2015, by the Academy of American Poets.

Copyright © 2015 by Anne Carson. Originally published in Poem-a-Day on November 18, 2015, by the Academy of American Poets.

Anne Carson

Anne Carson

Anne Carson is the author of several poetry collections, including Float (Alfred A. Knopf, 2016) and Antigonick (New Directions, 2015). She currently teaches in New York University’s creative writing program.

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Chorus:
Choral interlude followed by Act IV.
How many pins can dance on the head of a god?
How many kings can you pin to the dance in my head?
How many dances left stains on the woman he was?
How many stains kept him quiet, O Agave!

[enter Agave exultant and covered in blood, carrying