Our sun—never once a stella nova—thus bypassed, the teen in search of skin like the stars zooms out into the firmament while reclining in space-age comfort, infused with radiation leaking into the sense that creation makes of her, her particular genetic sequence. It glows, but it also ravels, becoming ragged. Somewhere, a spark. Then, melanoma. Our special ignorance: blindness to the brightest lights, our skeletal visible spectrum. Tomorrow it will have disappeared, another matchhead struck.
No News Today
Robert Lopez, author of two fantastic novels (Part of the World and Kamby Bolongo Mean River) and the collection of short fiction Asunder, was kind enough to ask me to participate in his "No News Today" project. My contribution went up today, joining entries from a host of incredible writers. Thanks to Robert for including my (non)fiction on tanning booths, starlight, and the law of the conservation of energy: