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an album created entirely within the month between moving out of my apartment in salt lake city and moving to portland. written largely in mt. pleasant, utah.

"Now when we look ahead to June
like some fabulous uncertain country
there's something stirring among the leaves
and it is you

whole civilizations of you on the move
drawn by the gravity and spin
of seventeen years earth time, buried
in the cellar of the world's ear

Seventeen years ago I bought my house
and perhaps it has been you I've dug
out of the soil in the workaday garden
there were pumpkins then the size of small chairs

our bathtub out on the sidewalk
under the stairs, in the milk white dawn
was that you, whirring like tiny spaceships under
the trees in the soft breeze of morning?

I'm picturing how it would have been
had I been with you in the dark, and with
you now as you emerge, blinking
at the light of a midsummer morning

I would not have climbed the Himalayas
nor the Andes, would not have plunged
into the jungle looking for that brightness
almost menacing on the waters

I would've been dreaming
with you, delving into the land of sleep
Persephone at her pomegranate breakfast
again and again for seventeen years

Welcome, earth voyager
cocooned in the dark of our headlong spin
around the sun, you return now like a comet
amidst the fixed stars

with your radiant eyes and diaphanous
leafy wings, you are on the move
unstoppable, propelled toward the mating dance
with robust carriage

You were wrapped in somnolence while we
measured the fields, bore a whole generation
and watched as the plague took our
sisters and brothers. We danced

with the same genetic imperative
as yo now, out and about, singing
with the stars and the mountains until
only the stars and mountains are left. "
song for the seventeen year cicadas
Janine Pommy Vega


released September 1, 2015

Thank you Carel Brest van Kempen for the artwork



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