Cellophane Tape

tape

P
ressure-sensitive
cellophane tape
with acrylic resin
on cellulose adherend
wets the scape
with quick-stick cohesion.
A release agent
flexibly uncurls
before snipping
the smell of chemistry—
a melding covert.

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Sanguine Moon

bloodmoon

F
lowered super moon
blood-red in the umbral shadow,
a king tide balloons.

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Good Day

red hat

I
  say,
good day !,
sir or ma’am;
an etiquette mainstay,
and yet many abstain,
walking away—
not giving a damn.

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LCRT

LCRT

Version: Concept art by Vladimir Vustyansky

L
unar Crater Radio Telescope
on the rugged far side nested in a slope,
after Arecibo, gives scientists hope.

Radio wavelengths longer than ten meters,
no ionosphere causing them to peter,
cosmic electromagnetic reader

record the radiation from the past
traveling parsecs from Dark Ages cast
from hydrogen redshift before stars amassed.

In Cosmic Dawn the heavens were lit,
and with stretched waves spacetime is writ—
state of the medium intergalactic.

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But I Digest

alimentary kids

M
ete the meat,
meet the meal.
Masticate.
Roll the bolus
forward
from the olfactory
gustation, gas fumes
loom, wheting zest
[the basal nasal bulb,
a reptilian hub]:
digestive zeal—
sour salted bitter-
better, savory sweet.
Nutrient fruition
follows deglutition.
It’s alimentary.

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Spoiler Alert: “The Masks” Closing Narration

Twilight Zone the masks

“The Masks” was directed by Ida Lupino, who stars in the first-season episode “The Sixteen-Millimeter Shrine”: the only woman to direct an original episode of The Twilight Zone.

M
ardi Gras incident,
the dramatis personae:
four people celebratory,
letting themselves go.
This they did with a vengeance;
now wearing faces twisted from inside—
for the rest of their lives,
lives spent in the shadow:
tonight’s tale of men,
the macabre and masks,
justice meted
in the Twilight Zone.

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Order by Storm

V
olatile sky god
of stormy disposition
marshals asteroids
and casts planetary stock—
ruins between gas and rock.

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Jupiter

Version: NASA

Binary

Binary Star

B
inary
star barycentered
by parry,
one shrinks as the other grows
from the Roche lobe overflow.

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5b Fall Out

5b

L
argest piece of space debris
falling uncontrollably,
hisses Indian Ocean
misses all but the fishes.

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Chimanimani Park

C
himanimani peaks
in Mozambique
feature glyphs in the rifts:
dance of the Sans.
Across mountain and meadow
glide ancestral shadows
as conservationist
save the wilderness
in a new park
framed by morning mist
and glimmering dark.

Chimanimani

Version: Photograph by Jen Guyton for NY Times | Ana Gledis da Conceição examines a Welwitsch’s bat (Myotis welwitschii)

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