Share https://www.terrain.org/mp3/2018/oct/Marquart_LettertoAmerica.mp3Come November come cold eye corrective, come pendulum take wrecking ball to venerable wallscome cerulean wave, come typhoon earthquake tsunami blow the gentlemen fromutahiowasouthcarolinakentuckymaine back to higher ground or (better yet) homeward to the distant shores that spawned them washed up jobless uninsuredcome classic EF5 tornado good ol’ midwestern tradition, come barn-splintering wedge of gale force windscome vacuum up this mess of a land rip the flimsy scrims from the chambers where black-robed justiceswork their corrupted levers these days it’s tempting to curse biblical— to call down pestilence, plague, a pox upon both houses & the thundering hooves of horsemen—instead, embrace November’s wintry grip november come inevitable november come early & often listencan you hear that ticking like fingertips of sleet upon window panes—it’s the clicking of check-marks in ballot boxes the coming blizzard of millions. Debra Marquart is the author of six books including Small Buried Things: Poems (2015), The Horizontal World: Growing Up Wild in the Middle of Nowhere (2007), and a co-edited anthology of experimental writing, Nothing to Declare: A Guide to the Prose Sequence (2016). A professor of English in the MFA Program in Creative Writing and Environment at Iowa State University, Marquart is the senior editor of Flyway: Journal of Writing & Environment. She also teaches in the Stonecoast low-residency MFA program at University of Southern Maine and performs with her jazz-poetry, rhythm & blues project, The Bone People. Header photo by everst, courtesy Shutterstock. Photo of Debra Marquart by Thomas Rice. Music track with audio reading: “Water” by Peter Manesis.Read more new Letters to America in Dear America: Letters of Hope, Habitat, Defiance, and Democracy, published by Terrain.org and Trinity University Press.