Brian Vorce, Senior, Journalism major at Eastern Illinois University
NaPoMo Reading Series
“After the Bomb Tests” by Jane Cooper
“The atom bellies like a cauliflower,
Expands, expands, shoots up again, expands
Into ecclesiastical curves and towers
We pray to with our cupped and empty hands.
This is the old Hebraic-featured fear
We nursed before humility began,
our crown-on-crown or phallic parody
Begat by man on the original sea.
The sea’s delivered. Galvanized and smooth
She kills a tired ship left in her lap
–Transfiguration–with a half-breath
Settling like an animal in sleep.
So godhead takes the difficult form of love.
Where is the little myth we used to have?”