“That you don’t know her is your
misfortune. Know what was of her,
which was a hot planet’s core,
a late summer’s best light.
Perhaps she is still those images,
but the center of her is now only
in my essay, in my poem.”
Carmen Gimenez-Smith, from “I Will Be Her Apprentice,” Pleiades (vol. 34, no. 2, Summer 2014)