The Space Cadet Science Fiction Review, Spring 2022 (issue #1)

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Poetry by Matt Schumacher

A Giant Lion’s Mane

Turns out the sun’s surface sure is furry.
The heliosphere is a golden-haired animal,
throwing flares of flaming hair,
vivid aurorae, irradiances,
corona. All an unfathomable lion’s mane.
There will be blackouts of polar surveillance radar
and space weather centered where the planets are tethered.
Just wait until that raging beauty breaks out of her cage.

Matt Schumacher

Matt Schumacher, who would very much enjoy a joyride in a flying saucer, edits the journal Phantom Drift and lives near a Paul Bunyan statue in Portland, Oregon. His sixth poetry collection, A Missing Suspiria de Profundis, was published by Greying Ghost Press in 2019.

Editor’s Note: Matt has been nominated for the Pushcart Prize by this publishing house.