Amy Newday

The Volcano Considers Helen, Watching Television In Michigan,
by Amy Newday

May 1980

Say darkness. Not revelation—
I am not the end of the world.

I am the world.

Under your world. Where you fry
potatoes for your granddaughter’s lunch, press
a cheese sandwich into a pan. Tell her

how I shatter the elks’ lungs, how birdsong
bakes on my breath. Ask your God about His painstaking

forest. Ask what He saw
in His three days of darkness. Were there rivers
of boiling tar? Were there watchmen? Ask

who will judge and who will stand
but tell the girl about the fire

beneath her feet rising,


crumbling the dust.


Published in Cider Press Review, Volume 16, Issue 1.

Amy NewdayAmy Newday’s poems have appeared in journals such as Poetry East, Rhino, Notre Dame Review, Calyx, and Flyway: Journal of Writing and Environment. She directs the Writing Center at Kalamazoo College and co-owns Harvest of Joy Farm LLC, a community-supported vegetable farm located near Shelbyville, Michigan.

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