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Saturday, 29 September 2012

New Young Author, Scientist and Astronomer_Black Ink Obelisk (Aubrey J. Sanders): Somata (poem)

Only one declared poem from a list of 51 entries to

The Open Laboratory 2012 – the final entries 

Many of the titles appear to be poetry (in action) but a bit guesome for my delicate taste.

The one I vote for is N° 4

4. Black Ink Obelisk (Aubrey J. Sanders): Somata (poem)

I was born a body of worlds
a carnal web of cosmic pearl
billions of stars that hold me to my bones,
and when one day their cores collapse
I will shed my skin in ash
and sleep among the mosses and the stone.
I’ll grow into the vine that licks the ruin
writhe beneath the savage moon
my scattered cinders eaten at the roots,
and when the ravaged willow moans again
she will take me in her veins
and shake me from her hair an astral fruit.
For we forgot a fact that we once knew,
the only ancient truth,
the knowledge of our primal origin:
That from the feral night we came as dust
born from stellar wanderlust
and unto the stars we will return again.
Aubrey J. Sanders
from the original source (Sci American ref. below) I deduced that it is fair and proper to reproduce Aubrey's poem awaiting her response to my request for further action. 

("re-post the entire list of 51 posts that will be published next year. Congratulations to all!")

Whether you read poetry or science the list below is worth a visit

Read more and enjoy.
1. Anthropology in Practice (Krystal D’Costa): Unraveling The Fear o’ the Jolly Roger
2. The Artful Amoeba (Jennifer Frazer): Bombardier Beetles, Bee Purple, and the Sirens of the Night
3. The Atavism (David Winter): The origin and extinction of species
4. Black Ink Obelisk (Aubrey J. Sanders): Somata (poem)
5. Blogus scientificus (Alex Reshanov): Shakes on a Plane: Can Turbulence Kill You?
9. Context and variation (Kate Clancy): Menstruation is just blood and tissue you ended up not using
10. Dangerous Experiments (Joe Hanson, It’s Okay To Be Smart): On Beards, Biology, and Being a Real American
11. Deep Sea News (Miriam Goldstein): DON’T PANIC: Sustainable seafood and the American outlaw
12. Empirical Zeal: (Aatish Bhatia) What it feels like for a sperm
13. En Tequila Es Verdad (Dana Hunter): Adorers of the Good Science of Rock-breaking
14. Endless Forms Most Beautiful (Kimberly Gerson): Romeo: A Lone Wolf’s Tragedy in Three Acts
15. Expression Patterns (Eva Amsen): Make history, not vitamin C
16. The Gleaming Retort (John Rennie): Volts and Vespa: Buzzing about Photoelectric Wasps
18. Highly Allochthonous (Chris Rowan): Ten million feet upon the stair
19. History of Geology (David Bressan): It’s sedimentary, my dear Watson
20. Laelaps (Brian Switek): The Dodo is Dead, Long Live the Dodo!
21. The Last Word On Nothing (Ann Finkbeiner): Science Metaphors (cont): Resonance
22. The Loom (Carl Zimmer): The Human Lake
23. Neuron Culture (David Dobbs): Free Science, One Paper at a Time
25. Not Exactly Rocket Science (Ed Yong): The Renaissance man: how to become a scientist over and over again
26. Observations of a Nerd (Christie Wilcox): Why do women cry? Obviously, it’s so they don’t get laid.
27. The Occam’s Typewriter Irregulars (Richard F.Wintle): Genome sequencing, Shakespeare style [combined with] Genome Assembly – a primer for the Shakespeare fan
28. Oh, For the Love of Science! (Allie Wilkinson): The distance between your testicles and your anus, ‘taint unimportant
29. Pharyngula (PZ Myers): Dear Emma B
30. PLoS Blogs Guest Blog (T. Delene Beeland): Saving Ethiopia’s “Church Forests”
31. The Primate Diaries (Eric Michael Johnson): Freedom to Riot: On the Evolution of Collective Violence
32. PsySociety (Melanie Tannenbaum): Sex and the Married Neurotic
33. Puff the Mutant Dragon (“Mutant Dragon”): Sunrise in the Garden of Dreams
34. Reciprocal Space (Stephen Curry): Joule’s Jewel
35. Sciencegeist (Matthew Hartings): I Love Gin and Tonics
36. Scientific American Guest Blog (Casey Rentz, Natural Selections): How to stop a hurricane (good luck, by the way)
37. Scientific American Guest Blog (Cindy Doran, The Febrile Muse): Tinea Speaks Up—a Fairy Tale
38. Scientific American Guest Blog (Deborah Blum, Speakeasy Science): A View to a Kill in the Morning: Carbon Dioxide
39. Scientific American Guest Blog (Andrea Kuszewski, The Rogue Neuron): Could chess-boxing defuse aggression in Arizona and beyond?
40. Scientific American Guest Blog (David Manly, The Definitive Host): Mirror images: Twins and identity
41. Scientific American Guest Blog (Rob Dunn): Man discovers a new life-form at a South African truck stop
44. Skulls in the Stars (“Dr. Skyskull”): Mpemba’s baffling discovery: can hot water freeze before cold? (1969)
46. There and (hopefully) back again… (“Biochembelle”): In the shadows of greatness
47. This May Hurt A Bit (Shara Yurkiewicz): Fragmented Intimacies
48. The Thoughtful Animal (Jason Goldman): Rats, Bees, and Brains: The Death of the “Cognitive Map”
50. Universe (Claire L. Evans): Moon Arts, Part Two: Fallen Astronaut
51. The White Noise (Cassie Rodenberg): How addiction feels, the honest truth

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 Bora Zivkovic is the Blog Editor at Scientific American, chronobiologist, biology teacher, organizer of ScienceOnline conferences and editor of Open Laboratory anthologies of best science writing on the Web. Follow on Twitter @boraz.

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