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
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.