Cathexis Northwest Press

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Spacetime
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curved space 

curved time

 

               expanse that hugs 

               around mass

 

a framework

a lattice

 

the line that leans 

               into the bend

               hyperbolic trajectories

elliptical orbits

imprints of geodesic paths

 

this textile weaves:

time/ distance/ angle/ volume/ curvature 

sews them into the grid

 

your time

my time

never only time

 

               we are two 

               different plot points 

leaving indentation 

 

we impact everything around us

Alicia Sometimes is an Australian writer and broadcaster. She has performed her spoken word and poetry at many venues, festivals and events around the world. Her poems have been in Best Australian Science Writing, Best Australian Poems, Overland, Southerly, Meanjin, ABC TV's Sunday Arts and more. She is currently part of the Outer Sanctum podcast (ABC). She is director and co-writer of the science-poetry planetarium shows, Elemental and Particle/Wave.

"First observed in 2015, gravitational waves are ripples in spacetime, traveling away from exploding stars, merging black holes and other cosmological phenomena. Physicist Stephen Hawking called them ‘a completely new way of looking at the universe.’ Many scientists worked together for many years, on the frontier of science to make this incredible discovery a reality. I liked the idea of trying to bring to life the 'fabric of spacetime' stitching it together with words."