Raisa Tolchinsky in an instructor and third-year Poe/Faulkner Fellow in poetry in the Creative Writing Program in the Department of English in the College and Graduate School of Arts & Sciences at the University of Virginia.
THE NAMELESS ONE
in the mail i receive a certificate
for my adopted star: # k2-117
just above cancer’s left claw,
333 light years away and more distant
by the second. a gold half-sheet
means i get to choose a name,
but that i should choose at all, absurd—
still, i begin with the beautiful:
angel, cypress, spiral, cadillac,
then move on:
kleenex, corpse, phlegm, police.
pinprick in the curving dark,
heavy as five earths—
i give up and stand in spring’s mud
to exhale one grey sound
from an irreducible place.
and the scream-sound
will snag and shape itself.
but it never does,
and k2-117 never comes closer
no matter how many times
i adjust my poem
which is, after all,
……………..(c) Raisa Tolchinsky, 2021
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