Two Poems | by Ashely Adams

Digital TV Killed the Big Bang

It started with the
             clarity       rabbit ears cut and buried in boxes.
Sunday green        the light off helmets and teeth.
               Do we always look this way?
Curdled milk and red cheeks.

                We didn’t even notice the     absence
of the radio crackle.
                One percent of static is the background light from the Big Bang.
Our feet caught on pole’s uneven
precession      broken from the bear’s tail.

               It is only one percent.
But the universe didn’t care about
the size of the tear in the static.
The sun throwing itself against our wounds beating
aurora shrieks on our fingernails.

             We gather
plastic bags and shells, stomped them below our feet.
Tried to stitch close the crinkle of the universe
opening from singularity.
             We’re going through a tunnel.
Strung together space-time
with trails of colliding protons spinning
whirligig beetles through magnet tension.
              We’re breaking up.

Our fibers pulled red in       fractured vision,
Hubble’s mirrored eyes.
We threw our screens
              to the gales, pave our streets with cathode and plasma.
              We can’t know creation
              is a thing that needs to be heard.

And the universe kept unspinning.




The Princess in Blue-Shift

                                      In 4 billion years, the Andromeda and Milky Way galaxy will collide.


She starts     dust mote on horizon,
bloom and catch

incisors in her hero’s splayed limbs.
The night devoured under

spokes of suns moribund.
Her smile drips gamma

decay     of galaxies cannibalized.
Reaches a hand

between Proxima and Alpha.
Now, there’s no telling

North from South
the pinwheel from the antennae.

Closer comes the maiden in her chains.



Ashely Adams received her undergraduate degree in wildlife biology from Michigan State University. Though going on to pursue creative writing as a graduate student, she has stayed involved in the natural science community and is influenced heavily by the natural sciences. She has been previously published in Heavy Feather Review, Permafrost, Flyway, Anthropoid, The Fourth River, and other journals. Find her on Twitter: @goosegloriosa.