Saturday, January 15, 2011

Science Poems for January 2011: 15

Last April I posted a science sonnet a day in celebration of National Poetry Month (index with links here). This January I am posting a science poem a day, written in various traditional forms, in honor of Science Online 2011.

The "fifth annual international meeting on Science and the Web" is currently underway and runs through Jan. 16, 2011. Click on the logo below to access their daily digest on

As with the sonnets, my January poems take their cues from science-based articles. I also have two works in a special science poem section (vol. 33 #5/6) of Star*Line, journal of the Science Fiction Poetry Association. You can read my "Ciliate Sestina" here.

Also, two sonnets from last April's collection, "In Development" and "Manipulations," have made it into Open Laboratory 2010 Click on the badge below for links to the 50 essays, 6 poems, and 1 cartoon in the collection.

Side note: Thanks to Daniella Martin for referencing my Jan. 8 poem, "The Ballad of Big Bug Ranch," in her post "How To Eat Bugs (to save the environment)". Great information resource!

Today's poems take their cue from dual prompts: "Chemical Analysis Confirms Discovery of Oldest Wine-Making Equipment Ever Found" (Science Daily, Jan. 12, 2011); and "Drunk scientists pour wine on superconductors and make an incredible discovery" (Esther Inglis-Arkell, io9, Jan. 12, 2011). Click on the article links to learn more about the research. To learn more about the traditional poetic structure used, click on the form name below the title.

Two Toasts/Seeing Double
(Form: Double Rispetto (var. of Strambotto), using Phalaecian hendecasyllables)

Raise a toast to the ancient vintners pressing
Grapes in Caucasus mountains! Raise a toast to
Grape seeds, grape vines and vats and findings stressing:
Here's the oldest facility to host true
Wine-producing equipment! Fermentation
Six millenia past and more, libation
Leading maybe to nascent agricultures,
Civilizing, and new ceramic structures.

Raise a toast to researchers swilling sake!
Soaking superconductors in a mixture
Using ethanol made them pretty cocky.
So they grabbed for a standard party fixture,
Found red wine was a boon to cut resistance:
Sixty-two percent change for their persistence!
One concludes from this boozy information:
Wine remains at the heart of innovation.

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