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The digital-only version of "Interstellar Flower Delivery", a chapbook by Ana Wang featuring 40 pages of poems inspired by NASA Astronomy Picture of the Day images.
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All for wonder,
wonder for all.
The summer of 2022—enter, a husky breath after one
held in groundhog days at the false alarm end. When
we came up for blue skies we chased again objects so shiny
we were blinded, moved so furiously we became tangled up
in the haze of the wild web someone out there made.
We granted ourselves the amazing grace of a wider lens,
saw awe square in the eye as cohorts of us dangled
with six feet of space, fingertip to fingertip,
mundane magic on tap,
dripping from a faucet shooting the gas that lit
the periwinkle skies cradling us in the illusion of safety,
the same gas that made the pink of my mother’s womb
and the violet rays killing me by flesh softly yet so brutally.
You are made of stardust—a once-brilliant footprint, but now?
It’s been a while; I’ve evolved into an iteration of rearranged atoms
in need of a motivational quote. Did the big bang say to itself:
just do it? Did it know that one day it’d be capable of all of this?
Gravity fades undetected as I look up, see shifting monuments of
universal decay, some so far away they’re already gone, a chamber
of inescapable doom, luring us in with the silent echoes of
itty bittiness. Truth was on the tip of my tongue and
I realize, on my way to the unknowable finish line,
in a race no one signed up for, with no prize,
no consolation, but to be a witness to each rise:
You, my wonder, are still on your first lap.
Full Ingredients List
Eau de Big Bang / N63A: Supernova Remnant in Visible and X-ray, December 11, 2019
Your Majesty / Dust Mountains in the Carina Nebula, October 7, 2008
Every Shade of Rain / Celestial Fireworks: Into Star Cluster Westerlund 2, July 4, 2017
Insta-noodle Poetry / In the Heart of the Heart Nebula, February 14, 2022
The Sugar Cube People / The Horsehead Nebula, July 13, 2003
Nevers / IRAS 20324: Evaporating Protostar, September 4, 2013
Stardust Yellow Pages / Molecular Cloud Barnard 68, June 23, 2009
Time is a Stranger I'm Not Ready to Meet / A Rocket Debris Cloud Drifts, February 26, 2007
How to Turn Pulp Into Stars / Abell 2218: A Galaxy Cluster Lens, February 10, 2008
Yellow Lights, Red Lights / La Superba, December 18, 2008
Painting Red Roses on Mars / In the Center of the Cat's Eye Nebula, July 10, 2022
Butterfly Effects / Iron in the Butterfly Nebula, July 21, 2020
Out There / First Horizon-Scale Image of a Black Hole, April 11, 2019
All Aboard the Trans-galactic Express / The Hubble Ultra Deep Field in Light and Sound, August 2, 2021
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About Interstellar Flower Delivery
A love letter to the self, a call to action to the universe(s) that live inside us, this collection of poems covers an array of themes ranging from relationships to death to technology to feminism to capitalism, while drawing inspiration and metaphor from the vast expanse of outer space.
Relayed through a constellation of images, senses, memories, grievances, and foresights, the poems reference science and flowers and stars to express the sentiment that amidst all our human nonsense, we always have our uncommon senses to help us make sense of ourselves and the world.