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why is it
we can 
the galaxy
the distance
of a star
from earth – 
yet across
the room 
I cannot tell
how far
your body 
is from mine

‘Parallax’ was inspired by a news item about the use of parallax to estimate the distance of objects on the other side of our galaxy. It first appeared in Independent Variable on August 1 2018.

About Marian

Originally from Zimbabwe, Marian Christie now lives in Southeast England. When not reading or writing poetry, she looks at the stars, puzzles over the laws of physics, listens to birdsong and crochets gifts for her grandchildren.

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