because of a breach in the dam that was meant to keep them
in. That was the idea, at least. Keeping
is always the idea. Also, stockpiling.
As the stockpiled coal ash is swept from its basins
at the Duke Energy plant near Wilmington,
fish start feeding on it by puncturing
the surface of the river from below.
Pinching the surface like a tissue and pulling down
on morsels of coal ash containing the arsenic
and boron, mercury and lead that are left
after coal is burned. The ash looks edible,