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Sara Eliza Johnson

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Sara Eliza Johnson
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Sara Eliza Johnson is the author of Bone Map (Milkweed Editions, 2014). She lives in Salt Lake City, Utah.

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If a human body has two-hundred-and-six bones
and thirty trillion cells, and each cell
has one hundred trillion atoms, if the spine
has thirty-three vertebrae—
                   if each atom
has a shadow—then the lilacs across the yard
are nebulae beginning to star.
If the fruit

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When it happens the rain
is not black but powder.

A noise bleeds from your ears
and everything quakes

alive inside you:
the circuits of the flowers

lighting up across a meadow,
the nanoglow

of a sea years from here
           —:And like the flash

across an

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