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The Day It Changed

by Carol V. Davis

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Carol V. Davis is the author of Between Storms (Truman State University Press, 2012). She won the 2007 T.S. Eliot Prize for Into the Arms of Pushkin: Poems of St. Petersburg. Twice a Fulbright scholar in Russia, her poetry has been read on NPR, Radio Russia and at the Library of Congress. She teaches at Santa Monica College and Antioch University, Los Angeles. She is a poetry editor of the Los Angeles newspaper the Jewish Journal.

What surprising, fascinating stuff can you tell us about the origin, drafting, and/or final version of “The Day It Changed”?

I was thinking about ordinary things and sometimes how odd they seem. The first half came from thinking about what if stairs were unreliable. The second half came after I was “summoned” outside by a squawking bluebird. This happened several times over a week and once, when I was standing under the tree, I had the distinct feeling I was being scolded by the bird for something, but what?

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