THE CONFUSION OF STARS
by CAROLYN CHEN
People orbit one another in a model world, carrying lights that blink in silence at different rates. Each one revolves internally while circling a slower blinker. Moons circle planets, planets circle stars. Stars might wander.
Circling without tools, words, or outside light, but making a way slowly through the dark, which is broken, periodically, by moving points. With metronomes or other objects that emit regular pulses of light.