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Posts from — April 2010

In Case You Haven’t Guessed …

NaPoWriMo’s not going so well for me. “The world is too much with us …” But I like 2 of the 3 sonnets, and I’ve got drafts for 3 or 4, so maybe it worked out OK after all.

In other news, Victor Keegan at the Guardian has produced a nifty iPhone app, City Poems, which uses location services to display poems associated with where you are in London. Which I am not.

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April 14, 2010   1 Comment

1/10th of NaPoWriMo Done

Toxoplasma gondii

So here’s the deal – this virus needs a cat
To reproduce, but it can live in us
And many other mammals – say, a rat.
Now naturally rats do not 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?
That virus in that rat that’s not so brash
Around a cat – it has a problem, too.
Or did. It’s learned to give a wicked twist
To Ratty’s brain so Ratty finds the smell
Of cat-piss very high up on the list
Of things for which he’d brave the gates of Hell.
I know some people don’t like cats. They’re crazy
Not loving creatures so divinely lazy.

This one was fun to write, even though it took me most of the day.

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April 3, 2010   2 Comments

A Second Sonnet for NaPoWriMo

Looks like the theme this year for me is science-bumping sonnets.

A Measure of Fitness

Maybe this sonnet’s like a peacock’s tail,
Extravagant expenditure of time
And intellect to demonstrate the scale
Of what I can afford to waste on rhyme,
And maybe women somewhere somewhen read
My rhymes and dream that they might be my Muse
And comb my hair and bear my sons and weed
My garden, making bread while I produce
Another masterpiece of poetry.
Or fantasy. It’s lovers taught me not
To take myself or rhyme too seriously,
And not to give the future too much thought,
For rhymes and lovers both are now and here —
Or not — the trick is letting them appear.

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April 2, 2010   3 Comments

First 2010 NaPoWriMo Poem

The couplet’s weak and the theme fairly esoteric, but it’s a start. It’s late – I’ll podcast it tomorrow.

Large Hadron Collider

Physicist Michio Kaku: “This is a Genesis machine. It’ll help to recreate the most glorious event in the history of the universe. … From Nature’s point of view, she laughs and says ‘this is a peashooter.’”

When Michio Kaku calls the LHC
“a Genesis machine,” and in the same
breath says it will create black holes, to be
or not to be may seem to be the game
we play – Proverbs 16:18 teaches
that pride goeth before destruction, and
in every tale that man who overreaches
is lucky if he keeps his empty hand,
and Kaku says this beast will recreate
the start of space and time and all creation -
can we be sure we won’t annihilate
the everything that is through such temptation?
But Kaku laughs – “From Nature’s point of view,
this is a peashooter” – shooting at a clue.


Epigragh from this Washington Post article

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April 1, 2010   1 Comment