This poem, which is the second villanelle I’ve composed, was part of my entry (I’ll share the other part in my next post) to this year’s “Poetry in the Museum” contest (cosponsored by the Baker-Nord Center for the Humanities and the Cleveland Museum of Natural History). The theme of the competition was “The Nature of Nature”; In my response, I chose to interpret the prompt on a universal scale, writing about the formation of our galaxy! I was not a finalist in the contest, but I am no less satisfied with my submission, the first part of which I now present for your contemplation:

Galactic Genesis