Anne Britting Oleson

October Storm

Before dawn the lightning blazes,
the landscape flaring out like
a photographic negative.
She struggles against the wind
to open the door and slip outside
into the sheets of rain
the hostile sky throws over her.
Her coat swirls. Her hair tangles.
The thunder shouts over her thoughts.
She lifts her chin, stares down
the darkness, awaiting the next spark.
She wants to be a lightning rod,
to feel brilliance flow through her
into the dirt beneath her feet;
she wants rain, washing into her ears,
her eyes. She opens her mouth,
lets out a roar, and that is drowned, too.


Anne Britting Oleson has been published widely on four continents.  She earned her MFA at the Stonecoast program of USM.  She has published  a novel, The Book of the Mandolin Player (B Ink Publishing, 2016), and two poetry chapbooks, The Church of St. Materiana (2007) and The Beauty of It (2010). A third chapbook, Counting the Days, is forthcoming from Pink Girl Ink, and a second novel, Dovecote, will make its appearance from B Ink in September..