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by Laura Reece Hogan
“… that he might create in himself one new person in place of the two, establishing peace…”
Always we listen for the lyric—
the juddering across space-time.
In the absence of visible lines
of light, gravitational waves
The interferometer detects a collision
of two neutron stars the merger
jolts through the cosmos,
tenses shortening tether.
Each star crams
the mass of the sun into a city-sized
An enormity never before observed.
We are listening. Scientists will study
this but we hear it now,
the nascent unity inscribed
in the interstellar chord.
I rotate my body toward the distant hum
Laura Reece Hogan is the author of Litany of Flights (Paraclete Press, 2020), winner of the Paraclete Poetry Prize, the chapbook O Garden-Dweller (Finishing Line Press), and the nonfiction spiritual theology book I Live, No Longer I (Wipf & Stock). She has contributed to First Things and EcoTheo Review. www.laurareecehogan.com