God as Edie, The Knoxville Zoo Elephant Who Crushed and Killed Her Keeper, Stephanie James, 14 January 2011

They had to believe she knew not what she’d done.

Pent up, spent of a thousand, thousand wasted days,
though, maybe she meant that murderous misbehavior,
the one myopic tragic move left in her DNA,

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Susan O’Dell Underwood directs the creative writing program at Carson-Newman University. The author of two chapbooks, her work has appeared in Oxford American, Rock & Sling, Crab Orchard Review, Bellevue Literary Review, and The Southern Poetry Anthology: Tennessee. Her first full-length book of poems, The Book Of Awe, is forthcoming from Iris Press.

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