“THERE’S NO THROUGH TRAIL” —HAN-SHAN, TRANSLATED BY GARY SNYDER
/ BETELGEUSE — Big Orange Ball Of Hot Air

BETELGEUSE — Big Orange Ball Of Hot Air

by James Kotsybar

An elderly giant, beyond your time, you were the candidate
most thought might blow; you fit the classic, tragic paradigm.
All focused on you, expecting a show …

          “The hotter the star, the briefer its span.”  So, when you lately
started to look dim, we hoped to bear witness as you began to detonate,
shrinking as a prelim.

          Now, though, that all the data’s assembled, we know that, though
you seem dimmer to us, you’re the same sun you’ve always resembled, but you obscured our view with veils of dust.

          Your supernova meltdown’s missed, because
your belched out gas is all it seemed it was.

James Kotsybar

About James Kotsybar

James Ph. Kotsybar, published in six countries, is the first poet (honored by NASA to be) published to another planet. His verse orbits Mars (at the request of NASA’s MAVEN team and worldwide internet voting), became part of Hubble Space Telescope’s Mission Log, on its 20th Anniversary and awarded and featured at NASA’s Centaur’s 50th Anniversary Art Challenge. Civilian honors include State Poetry Society of Michigan and Balticon Competitions. Invited in 2018 to read for Troubadours, (Europe’s oldest literary institution) in their founding city of Toulouse, France, at EuroScience Open Forum, Europe’s largest interdisciplinary science event, earning a standing return invitation. He has performed his poetry to L.A. dance clubs (Lhasa), onstage at the Los Angeles Performing Arts Center and Santa Barbara’s Granada Theater, and sung the poetry of William Blake with Allen Ginsberg at the Old Vic Theater in Santa Barbara. Recently seen in or on: The Bangalore Review, 86 Logic, Gargoyle, The Fib Review, California Quarterly, Society of Classical Poets, Gunpowder Press, High Shelf, Scifaikuest, Burningword, Prometheus Unbound, Poetry Box, Seisma, Ilanot Review, The Abstract Elephant, Showbear Family Circus, County Lines, Hunger For Awe. Hope Through Community, Dreamers, The Elevation Review, Cathexis, Flying Ketchup Press and more.

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