Issue 3
Black Hole Cake

Black Hole Cake

Since the North Star collapsed and pulled its mass
into a shrinking singularity
and the Drinking Gourd started to tell lies,
I’ve been stuffing my face with black hole cake.
My hunger, addict, keeps demanding more
as I watch the light swirling down the drain.
I’m scared to death to step on the bathroom scale.
I’ve already ordered new plus-size jeans.
Twenty pounds since the start of the big suck –
the naked emperor, the sycophants,
the idiots with megaphones, the greed,
and me searching the kitchen cabinets
past midnight for something, something. As light
cascades over the event horizon.


Marilyn Nelson is the author or translator of twenty-four poetry books, among them The Fields Of Praise: New And Selected PoemsCarver: A Life In PoemsFortune’s Bones, and A Wreath for Emmett Till. Other books are the recently published How I Discovered Poetry and My Seneca Village. Nelson’s honors include two NEA creative writing fellowships, the 1990 Connecticut Arts Award, a Fulbright Teaching Fellowship, a fellowship from the J.S. Guggenheim Memorial Foundation, the Frost Medal, the NSK Neustadt Award, and the NCTE Award for Excellence in Poetry for Children. She was the Poet Laureate of the State of Connecticut from 2001-2006.