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By Noel Feans – Oldupai, CC BY 2.0

Here our ancestors are sung

Through labouring lips,

A tunnel of loins, stretching

Hot and long to this dry gorge

Where some are rising still

To score the surface

With their bones


Used by kind permission of Carcanet Press, Manchester, UK

Rebecca Elson, Ph.D. (1960-1999) was a Canadian-American astronomer and poet. Her research at Princeton and Cambridge focused on star clusters and galaxy formation, including 70 published contributions....