A chunk of a rare type of meteorite crashed into a Costa Rican village this spring. Experts say it likely contains clues to the origins of life on Earth—pristinely preserved amounts of stardust made up of materials that predate the Earth, sun, and our entire solar system.

Jimena walked to the harbor to watch the clouds and sky meet the water.
Her heart was the heart of the sky and the clouds and the water.

In her eyes, the dust of stars glinted. Her eyes knew the Earth’s pristine origins.
Her mouth tasted salt air. Jimena sat on a box at the harbor

where she listened carefully to the lapping of the world’s origins
smack against pilings, against the sides of small boats.

Jimena’s hands opened and closed, gripped the past, gripped the sky’s secrets,
invited the solar system that was Quepos—the only home she knew.

* Also a small town in Costa Rica

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I'm a native Californian. I'm old--old enough to know better, old enough not to care. I love walking and cooking and eating and reading and sex and my cats.


My newest collection of poems, BLUES FOR FRENCH ROAST WITH CHICORY is available from Deerbrook Editions.


My work has been published in the U.S. and abroad. I am passionately in love with my with my husband, Brian Newberry, a Media Creative; equally in love with my city, Los Angeles.