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Terminal Girls by John Pistelli
The first section of which is titled
The Lightning Is Its Striking

ON a storm-forecasted day in late April, Professor Lazarino—thirty-seven years old, recently tenured, and a decade married—had just concluded one of the final lectures of his early American literature course with an explication of Emily Dickinson’s poem 465, in which the speaker lies dying in a room full of loved ones.
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