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My Past Life as a Supernova

Turns out Whitman wasnít far off: We can reincarnate as a collapsing massive star, sending shockwaves of solar energy through the interstellar medium, and appear, temporarily, as a brand new star. In fact, we are made of this very energy, and as a result, our supernova consciousness is too subtle to recognize consciousness as such. Only by hacking the password primeval was I able to unlock this mystery. Donít take my word for it: Look at the way we burn so brightly when lit from within by the source of our rage. When I die again, Iíll come back a saint.


Elizabeth Knapp
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Elizabeth Knapp is the author of The Spite House (C&R Press, 2011), winner of the 2010 De Novo Poetry Prize. Her poems have appeared in Barrow Street, Best New Poets, Massachusetts Review, Spoon River Poetry Review, and many others journals. She teaches at Hood College in Frederick, Maryland.

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