A Poetry Syllabus
{An Umbrella Special Feature}


Chris West

believes in the power of rock music, Beat poetry, and the sanctity of Star Trek.

He has appeared in the journals Kitchen Sink and Morbid Curiosity, in various online venues including a current stint as a columnist at LEGENDmag, and in the Mortified reading series.

Chris currently resides in San Francisco, California, where he works for a non-profit while seeking a publisher for his first novel.


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Changing Viewpoints

We are flat, and
it moves around us.
We are round, and
it moves around us.
We move around it,
in epicycles.
We move around it,
in ellipses.
We move around it,
in ellipses, determined by
the force of gravity.
We, and it, and millions of stars
are all gathered together.
Billions of stars, all gathered
together in a giant pinwheel.
Our pinwheel is just one of billions.
Just one of billions
all expanding outward
from a single point.
From a single point
that’s a quantum fluctuation.
Quantum fluctuations
are influenced by observers.
It moves around us?