Atmosphere

By A. V. Christie
The canals of Mars
beseech various oxides, vast
dust storms
of a dulled red,
a daytime warmth
that only reaches so far.

Let’s call these fissures canals
so we’ll think of Venice
looking through our telescope
as Mars comes this close

in this our anniversary year
with its thin atmosphere
and, to be probed,
its extreme cold.

Source: Poetry (October 2009).

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This poem originally appeared in the October 2009 issue of Poetry magazine

October 2009
 A. V. Christie

Biography

A.V. Christie is the author of Nine Skies (University of Illinois Press, 1997), which won the National Poetry Series, and The Housing (Ashland Poetry Press, 2004), winner of the McGovern Prize.

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SUBJECT Nature, Stars, Planets, Heavens, Arts & Sciences, Sciences

Poetic Terms Free Verse

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