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Aug 15, 2022

"The body aches

To come too,

To the light,

Transmit the grace of gravity" --Rebecca Elson

Antidotes to Fear of Death

Rebecca Elson was a Canadian-American poet and astronomer. In the 1990s she was among the first researchers to study images. She passed away at age 39. "A Responsibility to Awe," was published posthumously. It is a volume of Elson's poetry and essays, ranging from her teenage years until shortly before her passing. What follows is, "Antidotes to Fear of Death," a poem from this collection, in which Elson reckons with mortality, and lyrically explores our place in this vast cosmos.

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