Cat Dixon

      "We have lingered long enough on the shores of the cosmic ocean. We are ready at last to set sail for the stars."
      —Carl Sagan


A fireball of hot gas flashed when
Shoemaker hit Jovian atmosphere—
black scars three times earth’s size.
Some comets lose their way,
but don’t focus on unplanned collisions.
Even violent impact schools us.
If you analyze everything,
you’ll be paralyzed—craters
destined to pockmark lineage.
Like Rhea, we must save our sons,
replacing flesh for rock. Then water
them with an attaboy occasionally.


CAT DIXON is the author of Our End Has Brought the Spring (Finishing Line Press, 2015) and Too Heavy to Carry (Stephen F. Austin University Press, 2014). She is the managing editor of The Backwaters Press, a nonprofit literary press in Omaha. She teaches creative writing at the University of Nebraska. Her website is