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Kateema Lee is a Washington, D.C. native. Her poetry has been published in print and in online literary journals such as Naugatuck River Review, Word Riot, and The Fiddleback. She is an associate editor for the Potomac Review. When she is not writing, she teaches composition, literature, and women’s studies courses.


Poem where you are space

"A man who has been in another world does not come back unchanged."
-- C.S. Lewis

In the dream you are a galaxy,
each star an aquamarine doorstop,

each constellation an invitation,
nebulas more whole than hole,

unmarked white space, discovery,
each voyage begins and ends with you,

your astrobrite brilliance lost
behind orbital bodies.

I traverse you. When I enter earth’s atmosphere,
you are cumulonimbus blocking the sun,

you are a supernova after an eclipse.
In the end, my ship becomes a cardboard viewer.