Poetry Pause: Laura Cok — Cosmic Egg Hypothesis

Laura Cok, Cosmic Egg Hypothesis, winner of the 2020 Broadsheet Contest. Poem: That the universe’s egg came first, that God is a chicken. That each star lay coiled in place, thin membrane keeping order. Here is a tiny rhododendron ready to hatch. The ocean in a teacup with its cube of salt. Whiskey barrels. Golden retrievers. Scaled down so only God, the chicken, can peer into the egg with her reading lamp and microscope, looking for— ah, here we are, kicking towards the light. End of poem.