from The Lost Notebooks: 13 by Nan Cohen

seeing at nanoscale I get the attraction
of knowing about light / Unlike words,
the same everywhere
throughout the universe. (physics is the same)

on the space station I’d see 16 sunsets a day
still w/my 24-hour circadian rhythm
and the light-sensitive protein
in my human eyes / Nightshifts

Frustrating sometimes how a feeling
comes & goes according to no rule
       –     the moon’s retreat can be measured
       –     1 1⁄2 inches a year

Nan Cohen is the author of two books of poetry, Rope Bridge and Unfinished City, and a chapbook, Thousand-Year-Old Words (Glass Lyre Press, 2021). Her poems and prose have appeared in Electric Literature, Poetry Ireland Review, Poetry Northwest, Journal of the American Medical Association, Electric Literature, and elsewhere. The recipient of a Wallace Stegner Fellowship, a Rona Jaffe Writer’s Award, and a Literature Fellowship from the National Endowment for the Arts, she lives in Los Angeles and co-directs the poetry programs of the Napa Valley Writers’ Conference.