Ex Nihilo

By Caitlin MacKenzie

A child

carries a galaxy

in her body.


Stars collapse

into nebulas,



into seeds.

She is a host

of stars again



Examining blades

of grass


her face bent

to soil,

nature extends,


licks the nape

of her neck.

Names her.


Lays claims.

Sex is dangerous

in its fertilization


stage. In a white

dress she runs out

of spring fields.


Caitlin Mackenzie was born and raised in the suburbs of Detroit. She now lives in Grand Rapids, Michigan, working as a publicist in the academic book publishing field while currently a MFA student in the Bennington College Writing Seminars. Her work has been previously published in MiPOesias Magazine, Breadcrumb Scabs, The Other Journal, and others.

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