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Clarissa Aykroyd grew up in Victoria, Canada and is now a resident of London, UK. Her work has appeared in The Ofi Press, Lighthouse, The Island Review, The Missing Slate, And Other Poems, Ink Sweat & Tears and in anthologies, and she was a contributor to Ireland's The Gathering Poem. She is a Pushcart Prize nominee and the author of a blog about poetry and poets, The Stone and the Star (

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Fryderyk Chopin and the Meaning of Space

Le Verrier found Neptune as I find music,
in a space inhabited by the invisible
and inevitable. That cold sphere had to be there,
a grace note on the edge of the known.
For Le Verrier, a planet. For me, the trail of stars
across the keys, the turn, suspend
and spaces between.