Blessing the Universe

by Vivian Wagner Issue: Spring/Summer 2019

may the stars

remember their

names, their light,

their distances

may the sky keep

and hold them

as it always has

and may constellations

know they’re a fiction

of perspective

but make their

shapes anyway

Vivian Wagner

Vivian Wagner lives in New Concord, Ohio, where she is an associate professor of English at Muskingum University. She is the author of Fiddle: One Woman, Four Strings, and 8,000 Miles of Music (Citadel-Kensington), The Village (Aldrich Press-Kelsay Books), and Curiosities (Unsolicited Press). Visit her website at