When Atlanta’s drought reached a crisis, Georgia Governor Sonny Perdue called his fellow Republicans to the capitol steps to pray for rain.

In New Haven, someone told me we were about to run out of electricity.  “It’s already coming from Canada.  They ship it down on trucks.”

The next year a tornado touched down on Whitney Avenue, pushing a piano through the window of a piano store.  It also took down all the Elms, which were crisscrossed across Whitney Avenue and in front of the Peabody Museum.


Bruce Covey’s sixth book of poetry, Change Machine, will be published by Noemi Books in the summer of 2014. He lives in Atlanta, GA, where he edits and publishes Coconut magazine and Coconut Books and curates the What’s New in Poetry reading series.

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