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Heather McHugh
Published: Tue Oct 15 1974
Art: Paul TheriaultEver New (detail), 2022, acrylic and found paper on scavenged wood
Moving Midwest to Teach

A tornado is an education.
It points things out,
wipes things out.
It speaks without hearing.
It is respected
in the circles in which it moves.
It divides form from content
and takes away lives.
Those who survive it
do so in graves. Who do not
are buried in the gravy
air, lying even
high in the imagination and giving
up meat. Love

is an education.
I am coming to take you
by storm. I warn you. You will go down.

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Heather McHugh teaches as a core faculty member in the MFA Program for Writers at Warren Wilson College and as a Milliman Writer-in-Residence at the University of Washington in Seattle. Her most recent book is _The Father of the Predicament _(Wesleyan University Press, 1999), and she and her husband, Nikolai Popov, are currently translating a book of 101 poems of Paul Celan to be entitled Glottal Stop, due out this fall. (updated 2000)

McHugh’s Eyeshot was reviewed in AGNI Online by Kevin McFadden.

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