Astro-bite: Liberating The Astronauts

Editor’s Note: A forthcoming collection of poetry titled Liberating the Astronauts by Christina M. Rau will be debuting in 2017. Tea & Fiction is very excited to share excerpts from the collection. From the Pointer Sisters doing the Neutron Dance to David Bowman’s exclamation while traveling through the stargate near Jupiter— from stealing Joan Didion’s sadness to erasing F. Scott Fitzgerald’s Gatsby— this collection weaves its way through the paradoxical struggle of wanting freedom while fearing it.

In Liberating The Astronauts, we see that not fitting in gives us the freedom to stand out.

from the title poem Liberating The Astronauts

Contraindications to zero gravity include
an aversion to Nancy Drew
oh the clapping, the incessant clapping, in the ears
the boats, the boats, the miserable boats sick at sea
a thousand leagues in the opposite direction.

Walt appears.

Exactly how and why does Walt appear as the last adverse reaction to zero gravity? Find out that and more in Liberating The Astronauts (Aqueduct Press 2017).

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