“THERE’S NO THROUGH TRAIL” —HAN-SHAN, TRANSLATED BY GARY SNYDER
/ Little Known Fact

Little Known Fact

by Chelsea Harlan

My older sister
believes in chemtrails,
those smudgy autographs

airplanes leave
on the blue yearbook
of the sky

Airplane Was Here
Have A Great Summer
etc, in disappearing ink

And I still believe
heaven is whatever
you want or not and

God is Santa Claus
because sure
But let me tell you, reader

the earth is round
and really rare
the only one of its kind

Chelsea Harlan

About Chelsea Harlan

Chelsea Harlan was born and raised in the Blue Ridge of Appalachian Virginia. She holds a BA from Bennington College and an MFA in Poetry from Brooklyn College, where she was a Truman Capote Fellow. Her poems are forthcoming or have appeared in PouchSixth FinchDIAGRAMThe Feelings JournalThe American Poetry Review, and elsewhere. She is the co-author of the chapbook Mummy (Montez Press, 2019), and the recipient of the 2019-2020 Mikrokosmos Poetry Prize, judged by sam sax. She lives in Brooklyn. www.chelseaharlan.com

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