Tuesday, October 24, 2006

A LARGE GROUP OF PICNICKING CHILDREN is struck by lightning. Four girls and four dogs are killed. Twenty-three children suffer burns, cataracts, macular holes, tympanic membrane rupture, and skull fracture. At the church service, the pastor organizes his eulogy around the trope of being called. God reaches down with a finger of light, etc. But the positive charge originated in the ground and climbed an invisible ladder of electrons skyward.

— Ben Lerner
from "Angle of Yaw," in Angle of Yaw, pg 36.

1 comment:

anything but poetry said...

I just got this book. I'm looking forward to reading it. I feel like I'm always reading 5 things at time (plus magazines).