Atlas puffed

Posted by Rich Magahiz Mon, 28 Feb 2011 12:20:00 GMT


the vat-born one

Fidelito II

hotcure furnace nanotube hand sheaths

mic cords

empty into gutters

the kids dance on

gill rakers pleather lapels turned up

gormfull they came:

toad-licking bullshots

with clipboards

cacodaemon: dude thought he had game

Tate Street Art Trail - El Tono
Originally uploaded by Moi of Ra

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Posted by Rich Magahiz Thu, 12 Aug 2010 14:39:00 GMT

milky seas –

they name the colony


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Spheres in cubes

Posted by Rich Magahiz Fri, 25 Dec 2009 23:43:00 GMT

filling the hold
it is the new age
her ova

state jeep stocking this small planet

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Posted by Rich Magahiz Fri, 23 Oct 2009 12:43:00 GMT

Monster lichen
Originally uploaded by kevindooley
still, they come –
grey neoflu mists swirl
round our posts

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Repo man

Posted by Rich Magahiz Wed, 14 Oct 2009 19:15:00 GMT

kernel upgrade –
I only just learned
to hack him

double-jointed in just the right way

“The software that’s running in our bodies is really out of date,” [Ray Kurzweil] said. “How long do you go without updating the software in your cell phone? The software in our bodies evolved thousands or millions of years ago.”

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One piano, six hands

Posted by Rich Magahiz Fri, 14 Mar 2008 20:42:00 GMT

vat gal:
her Minute Waltz
takes just twenty seconds

that low B♭: your sphincters all clench

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The Metaphase Waltz

Posted by Rich Magahiz Mon, 10 Mar 2008 12:11:00 GMT

the room
so narrow, one couple
fails to keep up

Unaligned chromosomes persist in HURP-depleted metaphase cells.
Normally dance choreographies never change once they are created. But Richard enjoys watching dances naturally evolve so he observed the way dancers were inclined to dance Metamora.

I get it, this scifaiku something about biology, right?
Molecular biology, yes. But without the footnotes it is nothing more than a plain old senryu.
What’s that?
SenryĆ«. They’re the first cousin to haiku, with different rules governing subject matter and form. My point is that the verse itself does not actually carry the science fictional content in its words, the analog to the so-called season word in haiku.
So is that a bad thing?
If you don’t like it, it’s bad, otherwise it passes. I prefer to regard the added information (the title and the footnotes) as part of the poetic experience so I think it’s okay. After all, scifaiku (and fantasyku and horrorku) have to set up a lot more backstory generally than mainstream non-genre poetry, so if that has to slop out into the title and the footnotes, so be it. Maybe it is cheating, but I personally like the value added by the extra stuff.
Still, it seems as if you can get the science or science fiction content into the poem by shorthand or something, without sticking it in the title (which I know that real haiku don’t have), that’s got to be better.
I won’t disagree with that. But tell me, did you at least get the pun in this one?
(blank look)?
Look up cell on Wikipedia and see what it has to say about the word’s etymology, when you get a chance. It’s a tiny little joke of mine.
The second in a projected series of discussions on poetry.

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Be not proud

Posted by Rich Magahiz Sat, 26 Jan 2008 02:02:00 GMT

each life
in words of four letters

John Donne
The RNA language is written in an alphabet of four letters (A, C, G, U), grouped into words three letters long, called triplets or codons. Each of the 64 codons specifies one of 20 amino acids or else serves as a punctuation mark signaling the end of a message. That’s all there is to the code. But a nagging question has never been put to rest: Why this particular code, rather than some other?

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Posted by Rich Magahiz Fri, 04 Jan 2008 09:54:00 GMT

a green spot
the planet-wide colony
goes bad

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