Eppur Si Muove

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by Stacey Balkun

forthcoming (2019 — release date TBD)

24 pages
inkjet cover
open edition

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Love Letter to Galileo: Axis

I write to you because it’s night, because the domed
planetarium glows from the edge of our city,

a moon plunked to the ground
hollow as a whole note. This is our song,

astronomer, tangled in your ecstatic beard,
hands flailing around your face

as you theorize about rotation
and speed. I love the way your name

falls, slow confetti from my tongue.
Our mouths imitate the speed of light,

the way stars taste, though with light
pollution, I can’t make out constellations.

I heard meteors fell Saturday night, trailing arcs
across the sky. I want to know

their music, what you really muttered
when they forced you to recant it.

I want to show you the yellow pear tomatoes
I planted last summer, how they glow

against the vines like misshapen suns.
Show me the axis one more time—

I can feel us spinning.



Stacey Balkun is the author of Eppur Si Muove, Jackalope-Girl Learns to Speak (dancing girl press), & Lost City Museum (Bull City Press). Winner of the 2017 Words & Music Poetry Gold Medal, her work has appeared in Prairie Schooner, The Rumpus, Crab Orchard Review, and other anthologies & journals. A 2018 Wurlitzer Fellow, Stacey serves as Chapbook Series Editor for Sundress Publications. She holds an MFA from Fresno State and teaches poetry online at The Poetry Barn and The Loft.



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