From “The Scientist” of 23rd July, 2009 comes a report that the science of thegenome Human Genome Project should be recorded in stories, poetry and art.

Science Fiction has been doing this for generations in other fields of science and perhaps the field of the very small bits should also be celebrated.

The AC’s and the GT’s of life should become an artform.

Chromosome 13

This chromosomal Usual Suspects line:
Tentacle arms in I surrender pose;

Look closer, though: each is made of zips.
The microtubal slider is drawn down

Their lines sag open, yawn, and through
These smallest needle-eyes emerge

Men, elephants and whales; bulked biospheres:
A meta boa’s swallow in reverse.

This isn’t a surrender: they’ve all won.
The arms are up in celebration.

Adam Roberts

4 responses to “Poetryome

  1. Thank Calliope that SOMEONE is writing poems with a rhyme and metre and a freight of meaning beyond someone’s hothoused microfeelings. Grovel and throw ash upon your heads, oh free-versing faculties of literature, that it took a science-fiction geek to do it.


  2. I shall take ‘geek’ in its complimentary sense.


  3. “Geek” is always complimentary. It is “nerd” which is a problem. I am lucky enough to have a number of fellow-geeks as regular readers here on the archive. Thank you for your visit as well as your “I surrender pose” image.


  4. I Will have to come back again when my course load lets up – nonetheless I am taking your RSS feed so I can read your site offline. Thanks.


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