Between 100 and 200 million years ago, a meteor
plowed 2,000 feet
into the Wells Creek area, sent out shatter cones,
pocked a four mile
wide crater drilled by NASA moon scientists, and later
                                                            visited by bank tellers
and dentists trying to save their family the uncertain
impact of divorce.
Shatter cones seam shock lines fine as hair strands, 
                                                            petrify velocity

geologists would use to determine the 36,000 m.p.h. speed 
                                                            when the meteor struck.

Sudden blossom of molten limestone, silt lotus, earth splash. 
                                                            The planet’s face

breakable as a bucket of water set down in a living room 
 to catch shocks
of rainwater. Small garden where seeds flower at once—
change like a girl
stopped mid-cornrow to fondle the pink earrings she plants.



"'Wells Creek Basin' is part of, and was inspired by, a longer collaborative project with William Wright entitled Creeks of the Upper South. Together we have been researching the many regional waterways and aquacultures in need of protection."

Amy Wright is the Nonfiction Editor of Zone 3 Press and the author of four chapbooks with her fifth forthcoming. Her work appears in various magazines including Brevity, DIAGRAM, Drunken Boat, Kenyon Review, Denver Quarterly, and Tupelo Quarterly. Online writings are available at awrightawright.com.