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Poem built from snippets of old text.  The cut the image of Cetus out of Flamsteed's "Atlas Coelestis," graciously digitized and provided online by the Linda Hall Library.

Poem built from snippets of old text. I cut the image of Cetus out of Flamsteed’s “Atlas Coelestis” (graciously digitized and provided online by the Linda Hall Library), and I colored in the black-and-white image with eyeshadow.  Background is handmade Japanese paper.

Close-up of Burritt's "Geography of the Heavens" blacked out with chalks.

Close-up of some of the circumpolar constellations (Ursa Major, Ursa Minor, Draco) from Burritt’s “Geography of the Heavens”; I blacked out the original image with chalks.

I hold certain things
circumpolar

and pass them–
too dear to part with–
from hand to hand

in a tight
vigil.

This is love
as Tethys and I know it–

our section of sky
heavy with
the familiar
curving day and night

because we make it so

our weighted hands
brushing
the horizon.