Category — Sonneteer
I got the idea from this article in The Atlantic a few months ago. I probably won’t keep the title.
So here’s the deal – T. gondii needs a cat
To reproduce, but it can live in us
And many other mammals — say, a rat.
Now rats, of course, don’t much like dear Puss.
But we do. And we make a lot of trash
Which rats do like, so what’s a rat to do?
Being small, most are cautious. The rash
Are cat food, and have fewer children, too.
Now what’s a parasite to do? Make male
Rats brave, and sexy to the females, which
Will bear infected kitty chow, and cats
Who eat it share with us, and when we ail,
T. gondii plays with us — guys get the itch
To drive too fast, and gals heat up like cats.
November 11, 2012 5 Comments
We Are A Kind Of Map
A buzzer-beating three-point shot reveals
We’re born to know our truths about this world,
And so is everything: a fly conceals
Itself till it’s grown wings and they’ve unfurled;
A virus has the key for just that cell
Where it can multiply; that cell, dying,
Creates an army ready to repel
The sudden viral horde or die trying.
Of course that’s metaphor, but not a lie,
Not just a way of trying to impose
Some sense on senselessness, a useless “Why?”
We answer till we like what we suppose.
There’s something might be learned when we’re betrayed
Seeing the world with eyes the world has made.
Changes prompted by comments on a mail list – if I broke it, then I’m the one who broke it.
February 16, 2012 6 Comments
The third and last section of Other Voices, Jack Songs, will be a rebroadcast for those of you who heard the 2008 NaPoWrimo podcasts. But the poems are in a different order, arranged for the story and not in order of composition, and some of the poems themselves changed.
September 6, 2010 No Comments
We’re near the end of “Sonneteer,” the middle section of my manuscript Other Voices. Tonight’s podcast, “Sinner in the Hands of an Angry God,” takes the conflation of religious and erotic language in a rather different direction than does the Song of Solomon. Listen here.
August 29, 2010 No Comments
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August 15, 2010 No Comments
This latest sonnet from Other Voices could have been autobiography. I was lucky. Listen here.
In the Other Voices section of the left sidebar there are links to everything podcast so far from the manuscript.
August 14, 2010 No Comments
Who sought whom? Does it matter? Listen here.
This is going to take longer than the two months I’d envisioned. It really isn’t possible for me to do this nearly every night and that’s a good thing — I’ve got a life I like.
August 5, 2010 No Comments
I’m not sure who’s teasing whom in this one. And I’d count the puns if there wasn’t work to do. Listen here.
July 31, 2010 No Comments
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