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Category — Sonneteer

My Sonnet and a Danish Science Fiction Club

SFC, a Danish science fiction club and independent publisher which also hosts Stig Jørgensen’s sci-fi blog Ekkorummet (Echo Chamber), is publishing a book of the same name, consisting of selected entries from that blog.

I’m extremely pleased that the book contains an essay, “Teaching Breakfast How to Love You,” the title of which comes from a line in my poem “This Morning’s Man”, and that my poem is quoted in full in that essay.

If you read Danish, or if you’d just like to see the poem, the book is available here. Below is the English translation of the book’s blurb:

“Atoms in love

We humans are a fleeting substance, an ever-changing configuration of atoms that we absorb from cucumbers and pork chops. And this arrangement of matter can feel great affection – and a deep sense of wonder at the universe. This is a mystery. How do we connect the scientific description of the nature of time, matter, and our brains, with our experience of the world as conscious beings feeling hunger and ambition and grief and infatuation? – from the essay ‘Teaching Breakfast How to Love You’

The starting point for this book is the meeting of science and aesthetics and the ‘softer’ aspects of human existence. This meeting unfolds in science fiction – a branch of literature that ideally deals with the significance of technology and the scientific picture of the world to human life – but also in many other places: in the visual arts, poetry and music, in philosophy and scientific thought experiments. Consequently, the essays and articles in the book cover a wide range of topics from the theory of evolution to the Danish painter Otto Frello, from mathematical logic to erotic fantasy, from the philosophy of language to the mutual references between the comic-book writer Neil Gaiman and the singer/songwriter Tori Amos, from artificial intelligence to the poetry of Henrik Nordbrandt – for the inspiration of the intellectually curious reader.”

The book is based on pieces from the blog Ekkorummet [Echo Chamber/ Echo Space], which Stig W. Jørgensen, a science-fiction expert, translator and linguist, wrote until 2012. Jørgensen’s echo chamber is “an open space, a place characterized by resonance where various scientific and cultural topics are given room to resound and reverberate.”

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June 23, 2013   No Comments

Poem Accepted at Big River Poetry Review

The online journal Big River Poetry Review, which also issues occasional printed volumes of all poetry accepted since the last print volume, has accepted my sonnet “A Little Grace.” Hoopla!

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May 31, 2013   No Comments

Your Cat Is Making You Crazy

I got the idea from this article in The Atlantic a few months ago. I probably won’t keep the title.

Crazy Cats

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.

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November 11, 2012   5 Comments

Old Work Newly Revised

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.

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February 16, 2012   6 Comments

Stars

Sonneteer” finishes tonight with a more upbeat encounter with the numinous. Listen here.

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.

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September 6, 2010   No Comments

Sinner in the Hands of an Angry God

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.

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August 29, 2010   No Comments

Some Stranger

Another sonnet from my mss Other Voices, “Some Stranger,”  along with the previous “Mysterious Ways” and the next two sonnets, are encounters with the numinous. None of them go well.

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August 28, 2010   No Comments

Mysterious Ways

The thirteenth of sixteen sonnets in “Sonneteer,” the second section of Other Voices, is “Mysterious Ways.” It involves a hurricane. Listen here.

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August 15, 2010   No Comments

Just Call Me Frank

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.

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August 14, 2010   No Comments

Succubus

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.

All the Other Voices podcasts so far are here, and the sonnets so far from the second section, “Sonneteer,”  are here.

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August 5, 2010   No Comments