“Cosmonaut” – Poetry by Laurin DeChae

Star of the Hero - Nicholas Roerich, 1932
Star of the Hero – Nicholas Roerich, 1932

Soar through the stratosphere with “Cosmonaut,” one of two awesomely extra-terrestrial poems by Laurin DeChae in our very cosmic Fall 2015 issue.

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“I see no god up here.” –Yuri Gagarin*

IS THIS FILLING EVERY PIN HOLE PRICK of light you thought it would  blow me
float down from space like a paper airplane drifting on the come down
trip over the underbelly of a pot-bellied pig soaking in afternoon
mud a pied piper parading pockets filled with crumbs and so much more
than music mustering up the melody enough to chime chime the church
bells the tower telling more than a tale of rings and stars torched and ciphered
by birds dotting horizons with wingspanning curvature like the body changing
shapes like the skeleton that shakes loose from skin from sin from signature
from myth from constellation from spanning across skylines nameless
tame this tail of light streaking but the aim is higher so blow me
down blow me out extinguish there’s nothing here it just goes on forever
it goes on like jack and jill and the inevitability of falling hill or no hill
I knew there was nothing for me here nothing good anyway but I had to know I had to                know

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DeChae_HeadshotLAURIN DeCHAE is an M.F.A. candidate for poetry at the University of New Orleans, where she acts as the associate editor for Bayou Magazine. She is active in the fields of education and composition, assisting in programs such as the Greater New Orleans Writing Project, Scholastic Art & Writing Awards, and the Tennessee Williams Literary Festival. Her work appears or is forthcoming in Harpur Palate, Cleaver Magazine, burntdistrict, S/WORD, and Rose Red Review.

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