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Julianna Baggott

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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.

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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