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September 20, 2022


I've never thought of the nature of weather as "radically communal" before. This description as annotation to the poem opens up the meaning in a wonderful way. The act of acting like there is a "we" and that suffering and loss could be communal, could be shared, instead of personal/singular, is a wonderful trick that we can believe for the span of a poem... or a sleep...

I also really love the framing of "Tornado Alley" as having a "Noir quality." It's funny and accurate-- I'm imagining a companion poem, The Maltese Cyclone..

Grateful for your poem selection, annotations, and reading, Angela.

Lindsay, I am grateful for your generous comments--the poem is truly wonderful, indeed.

An interesting way to present the tornado. Enjoy reading the poem and the analysis.

Thank you, J.Zheng!

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