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  • Kara Laurene Pernicano

Revelries in the Galaxy of Love

~After Kandinsky’s Around the Circle


The all-seeing eye is drawn

ever to the city

like a bird with a rutter

at sea in the celestial

waters deep.

We may end up walking through

another portal


a door where a pretty bird greets us

on earth to see the moon.

Stay cozy, cuddle up

in a tiny corner we may call home.


Or roam; probe with satellites,

sirens and ships—


a space to orbit

a space bent to twist us


to warp time

backward and forward—

we somersault down

and find what’s above:


this is Orion’s picture of Earth.


Dare we draw closer

and fall into it

and out of ourselves.


About the author: Kara Laurene Pernicano (they/she) is a multidisciplinary artist and poet-critic, routinely working in collage, erasure, poetic monologue, comic art and photography. Through hybrid arts, K Laurene seeks to awaken an interpersonal approach to trauma, grief, talk therapy, and mental wellness. Kara is pursuing her PhD in Women’s, Gender & Sexuality Studies at Stony Brook University. She has a MFA from Queens College and a MA from the University of Cincinnati. Her creative work has appeared in Snapdragon, Waccamaw, The Humanities in Transition, Full Stop, the winnow magazine, ang(st), Passengers Journal, Newtown Literary and Madwomen in the Attic.

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