Poem- 4 (7.1)


Teesta Review: A Journal of Poetry, Volume 7, Number 1. May 2024. ISSN: 2581-7094

 Sagittarius A *

--- Guy Reed


You’ve been hiding at the center of the Milky Way

for billions of years, but now we’ve taken your

composite photo. Submillimeter radio waves, arrays

across our globe, and your own accretion flow. We’ve seen your event horizon. How does that make you feel?


From here, out on a spiral arm beyond the gas

and dust, you were only an imaginary thing

for a hundred years or so. Did you worry when we

gave you a name? Gravity that can hold light, particle

and wave. Does that bring you near God?


Perhaps, you have pride for being known as real,

confirmed existence makes everybody feel good

until they become exploited. Maybe you don’t care,

you go about your business of slowly swallowing

the galaxy in a trickle of cosmic appetite.


Though not the first, you are the most important blackhole

ever photographed, part of the family. Our home

blackhole. You’ve been there, every event since conception. Consider yourself now invited to all

the parties, all the funerals, each one of us.

To Know Inside The Inside

                                        --- Guy Reed


There is no equation for the soul

nor for a poem, as it turns out.


Nothing human can be completed

with just measurable knowledge.


Beauty is created with a deeper

sense of knowing— subconscious


understanding— truth beyond logic,

universally a connection, an opening,


simple, for everybody,

like music.



A “unified field theory” should unite

inner and outer space—


connect to itself, the other side

of a black hole, a loop,


the other side of our electrical brain,

and further, past emotion,


neutrinos through our dreams.

A knowing understood.


The deep, still pond fills

the scoop in the ground. 




Guy Reed is author of Second Innocence (Luchador Press), The Effort To Hold Light (Finishing Line Press), and co-author, with Cheryl A. Rice, of Until The Words Came (Post Traumatic Press). He won the 2022 Littoral Press poetry prize. His poems and essays have been published in journals both online and in print. Guy has co-directed short films with Katie Cokinos, most recently, Water Keeps Time. From Minnesota, Guy has lived in California, Oregon, and now resides in the Catskills Mountains of New York. <guyedwinreed.com>