May/June 2020 • Vol. XLII No. 3 Nature’s Nature 2020 |

The Things They Know

That it takes eight minutes and twenty seconds for light to arrive here from the sun That light slows or speeds depending on the medium That this is called the refraction index That if I were on the moon it would take one point five seconds for you to hear the moment I woke and spoke your name H. G. Wells: time is only a kind of space Refraction is a change in direction That gap means you are always somewhere in the past Poe: space and duration are one That gravity is the way space bends around objects, the way time bends around a body Einstein: space tells matter how to move Space is a funny thing even though I am Nowhere near the moon and you are A curse I work back off the paper after it began as blessing or prayer Somewhere north of here I whispered your name before we ever met somewhere north of here it had just begun to snow

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Leslie Harrison's debut collection is Displacement out from Mariner Books, a division of Houghton Mifflin Harcourt. She has poems out or forthcoming from FIELD, Antioch Review, Memorious, and elsewhere. She holds a 2011 Literature Fellowship from the NEA.

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