Silver City Quarterly Review – summer edition is out now #newmexico #newmexicotrue #literary #literaryfiction #reading

Raven Painting © 2016 by Silja Erg

Painting © 2016 by Silja Erg

Find a delightful mix of essays, short stories and poems in the summer 2018 edition of the Silver City Quarterly Review, including one of my poems.

My little corner of southwest New Mexico, site of copper mining for centuries, and gateway to the Gila National Forest and Continental Divide trail, is home to a lot of talented writers. We have a thriving artist community too. Imagine discovering a smaller version of Santa Fe before the crowds did. If you’re ever in our vicinity, spend a few days.

Thanks to Chris Lemme for all the time and care he puts into the review. And for finding such a wonderful illustration for my poem. (Painting © 2016 by Silja Erg)

 

 

 

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Fatal Fashions #poem #poetry #chemistry #arsenic

Victorian demonstration of chemistry

Victorians loved chemistry

A gorgeous pigment,
Lovely green,
Made dresses sparkle
Like emeralds.
Bonnets to display with pride
Brought happiness
So ephemeral.

The fanciest paper
On the wall,
To grace a baby’s nursery,
Or a parlor
Kept for guests,
Brought pain and death,
But no mercy.

Even books,
My comfort close,
Collected in old libraries,
Can curse a modern reader still,
As they did to their
Contemporaries.

Arsenic makes that glowing green
So irresistible.
Its compounds deadlier than sin
Their poison touch
Regrettable.

Kate Rauner

The Victorians knew villains used arsenic, but somehow missed understanding that not all victims were killed by a human murderer. Unless you count the manufacturers of these dreadfully beautiful pigments. Interested in the grisly details of death by arsenic poisoning? Read here.

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Colony on Mars series coversIt’s summer! Time for great deals on ebooks. I publish through Smashwords and they run a blow-out sale every July. Now’s the time to download your summer reading and find a new favorite author.

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Wise Ravens #poem #poetry #nature #wildlife #birdwatching #birds #raven

raven perched in tree

One of my ravens, waiting

Morning chores they watch me do,
I prune and weed until I’m through.
The bowl of kibbles that I carry
Commands attention, so they tarry.

I feed the ravens every day.
No need to wait, is what I say,
Like chickens scratching at my feet
You’re welcome to come near and eat.

But wisdom in a raven’s mind
Says keep some distance from my kind.
A human who seems calm and mild
Might plot to hurt a raven child.

So I retreat when I am done.
On whispering wings, the ravens come
To share the bowl I left for them,
In a world I share
with feathered kin.

Kate Rauner

Not my usual science-inspired poem today, but I claim a poet’s prerogative to rhyme about whatever suits me 🙂

Build a Living Planet – Here’s What You Need #biology #evolution #poem #poetry #astronomy #earth #sciences

Earth's magnetosphere

Many factors go into a Goldilocks Zone

If you want to build
a world alive,
There’s a recipe
to satisfy.

Avoid the inner galaxy,
Few stellar neighbors
are what you need.

You’ll want a source
of energy,
A stable star’s
complementary.

Liquid water is a plus
To grow some life,
maybe a must.

A core of
radioactivity
Will warm the planet
‘Cause you need
A molten center
that will churn
Magnetic fields
for which you yearn.

Stabilize your globe’s
precession
With a large moon
in its possession.

Oxygen may be
microbe poo,
But adds shielding
from what radiation do.

Now you’ll have
biological fun,
Based on our sample size
of one.

Kate Rauner

Earth is the only example of life we know, so we tend to look for earthly life in the solar system and beyond. It was fun to use this article in nationalgeographic.com to build a poem. Try it yourself. I’m sure there are many possibilities.

Expanding Universe Will Leave Us Alone #astronomy #poetry #poem #universe #cosmology

expanding universeThe universe expands
Ever faster as we gaze,
Carries off our cosmic kin
Farther every day.

Light from other galaxies
Won’t have time
to reach our own.
In a few billion years,
Look up! We seem alone.

Kate Rauner

A short poem this week – and late! But I’ve been working a fire with my volunteer fire department, and my dog is sick, so I have excuses. I have had time to think about cosmology, and read an interesting article I can’t find now! Darn internet.

It’s hard to wrap my head around, but the universe is expanding and accelerating. So the speed of light stays constant, but distances grow. Eventually, other galaxies will be so far away their light can’t reach our own. Of course, human beings won’t exist and even our solar system may be gone.

If there were people in that distant future, what would they think of the universe? A Steady State model would explain what they see, so they might never know there was a Big Bang. Perhaps the same thing has happened to us. The early universe may have been different in ways we can’t know or imagine. We may be missing the full truth, just like our hypothetical future brethren.