Thirteen Ways of Looking at the Weather

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2011-01-01
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Marquart, Debra
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Footage of a tornado this spring morning on The Weather Channel. Tuberous as a taproot, it dips, retracts, stretches thin, then holds, taut as a sprung coil. Dark topsoil rises in spinning wisps as the funnel makes contact with the ground, widens, then moves like a vacuum across flat, unfortunate Kansas.

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Originally published as “Thirteen Ways of Looking at the Weather.” Quavering Between Song and Story: Essays for the 21st Century. Ed. Sheryl St. Germain. Autumn House Press, 2011: 167-176. Posted with permission.

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