2017-03-01

sovay: (Lord Peter Wimsey: passion)
Rabbit, rabbit!

1. My poem "Twenty Seventy-One" has been accepted by Uncanny Magazine. It was written in late January, the night [livejournal.com profile] gwynnega linked an article about the spiking sales of George Orwell's Nineteen Eighty-Four (1949). The next morning the details of 45's anti-Muslim executive order were leaked and three days later it was signed into effect and that weekend I was protesting in Copley Square. Julia Rios, when she accepted the poem, said she had hoped "it would magically stop being relevant." It is among other things a ghost poem for George Orwell.

2. My poem "The Warm Past" is now online at Mythic Delirium. There are notes included with this one, but it's a science poem and a ghost poem and a poem for my niece and deep time. The title comes from a pair of earrings by [personal profile] elisem. I am thinking of sending a copy to the National Museum of Natural History, to tell them how much their ancient seas meant to me.

3. I spent most of last night in a state of extreme emotional upset due to nothing obvious except the general state of the nation, so I tried to make note of non-upsetting things when I found them. This is a debate over pastry that takes a hard right turn into Wittgenstein and gender. This is a Tumblr full of very sweet, mostly two-panel comics that remind me of Sandra Boynton. And this is a wonderful article about genetics and human variability. After the "another species" tag line, I said to [livejournal.com profile] derspatchel, "It sounds like it should be about yeti, of course, but it isn't going to be," and then it kind of was. I love these very old echoes, alive in people to this day. Neanderthals. Denisovans. Unknown archaic populations. Other ways of being human.

The weather outside is mild, grey, and springlike. At least we're technically in the right month for it now.
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