In the midst of all this stretch of emptiness
somehow the curve of space collects a cluster
come together to whirl around and intermesh
the thermonuclear reactions, the lights in blackness,
the tiny coalesced particles twirling around them,
the arcing arms of their fiery constellations,
the shifting identities that will not last the night,
the gravity of energy seeking cosmic expression,
form swallowed by the exigency of existence,
the last chance before the inexorable power of mass
comes seeking its due from the dark night’s pull.


James Van Looy has been a fixture in Boston’s poetry venues since the 1970s. He is a member of Cosmic Spelunker Theater and has run poetry workshops for Boston area homeless people at Pine Street Inn and St. Francis House since 1992. Van Looy leads the Labyrinth Creative Movement Workshop, which his Labyrinth titled poems are based on. His work appears weekly in Oddball Magazine.