“Stretched upon the cream velvet sky,
I watched a soft violet glow press nigh
against all below as first dawn;
it was I who silenced Earth’s yawn….”
Cosmogony(2019) is a rhyming and metered poem that came to Johnston during a hurricane and subsequent flood in Spring, TX, her hometown, in 1994. In this tale, the major forces of Nature in turn tell their origin stories to a dreamy seventeen year old girl on a Galveston, TX beach and she spins their words into her own tentative life philosophies.
This poem, exactingly created in a sort of time vacuum when the natural world around her was on center stage, is a great example of her early ability to transfuse beauty and hope into her writing.
Readers familiar with Johnston’s 2018 release ofMental, a novel which focuses on one woman’s determination to be whole and happy…
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