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 Microsampling Mission
The Conservator of Color grows tired—
the logs, the plastic tubes, the chronicled
Polaroids, the cups wrapped and labeled,
the gloves on, gloves off, gloves on, gloves off,
the floating, the grabbing, the too much weight,
the too little light. She rubs her eyes.
Chronicling and categorizing an endless array of colors in a zero-grav lab makes for an exhausted color keeper.
Visit her and other scientists in Liberating The Astronauts (Aqueduct Press 2017).