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The Universe Goes Dark [Poetry]

By Ellen Kombiyil

  • Eventually, the stars’ far-off headlights
  • plink off, one by one, in a sky growing
  • more and more silent. No more humming
  • from the microwave’s burned out filament.
  • It will be like how we never met, driving
  • a mountain path, winding up and up—
  • Where’s the music? I’d say, the radio’s
  • turned to static—and the hi-beams we flashed
  • could never actually connect. I was
  • rounding one side while you were climbing
  • the other, just ahead, moving faster
  • than I could ever breathe.


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Ellen Kombiyil is a poet, writer, and writing teacher. Her first book of poetry, “Histories of the Future Perfect,” is forthcoming. Honors include a 2013 nomination for the Pushcart Prize, and a 2012 nomination for Best of the Net. She is a Founding Poet of The (Great) Indian Poetry Collective (www.greatindianpoetrycollective.org), which publishes first and second books showcasing new poetic voices from India. Originally from Syracuse, New York and a graduate of the University of Chicago, for the past 10 years lived in Bangalore. She currently resides in New York.


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