SEVERE STORM AT SYRACUSE

By Diana Arterian

Several Persons Believed to Have Been
Drowned in Lake Onondaga—Much
Damage to Property
AUG. 28, 1895

 

And wind and rain

of terrific violence

swept over this city

Many chimneys

telegraph lines

thrown down

trees and score torn up

roots and all

Onondaga Lake

was covered with boats

filled with pleasure seekers

when the storm bust

Three boats were picked up

one contained two fish

freshly caught

three fishing poles

The anchor was dragging


Diana Arterian was born and raised in Arizona. She currently resides in Los Angeles where she is pursuing her PhD in Literature and Creative Writing at the University of Southern California. She holds an MFA in poetry from CalArts. Diana is a Poetry Editor at Noemi Press, and a Managing Editor and of Ricochet. She has recently been honored with residencies and scholarships from Caldera Arts Center and Vermont Studio Center. Her chapbook, Death Centos, was published by Ugly Duckling Presse, and her writing and translations have appeared or are forthcoming in Aufgabe, Black Warrior Review, Denver Quarterly, DIAGRAM, Two Serious Ladies, and The Volta, among others.