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pond (fall postcard)

by Sean Howard

 

               bir-
ch,          pose
held,       whi-
te           her-

on

 

 

wave (english poem, cape breton)

            for mi’kmaw elder albert marshall

            rum-
our,          sto-
nes          mur-
mur,          un-
der          the
          ton-

gue

 

 

stopstart (drowned poem, highway 125)

traffic –
deer, gra-
zing ozone

 

 

stir

a point of rhyme anyway,
to split the screen –

apple & cinnamon,
break of day, two
million people
in prison

 

 

shadowgraph 66: the singing electrons

(poetry detected in igor y. tamm’s nobel physics lecture, 1958)

 


i

quantum –
koans in the
lab

 

ii

nucleus –
‘the whole small-
er than the parts’

 

iii

atoms –
para-
dice

 

iv

snatch –
pandora’s
box

 

v

electrons –
conducting
the dead?

 

vi

man –
soft
pawn

 

vii

drawing –
light set
in stone

 

viii

second eden –
‘the familiar
hissing’

 

ix

physics –
current
king

 

x

left –
the child’s waves
on the shore

 

 

shadowgraph 115: if we go on compressing

(poetry detected in subramanyan chandrasekhar’s nobel physics lecture, 1983)

 


i

india, pakistan, par-
titioning the stars. (earth
under fire.) dante: ‘time?

love cooling…’ the poetic
scenter of attention. light’s
aphorism. ‘citizens’; school-

ed assemblies. ‘vast interior’:
depression forming in the
gulf… ‘maturity’ – i do

not see, once we’re
compressed, how
we can ever

 

ii

dwarves: what humans mean
by themselves. (for mine is the
pressure & the density, saith

 

the law…) our distant relations
to the equations of state. haiku –
knowledge economy. global

eyes: everyone slowly/becom-
ing white.
apollo’s final mis-
sion; ‘one day, men on

stars!’

 

iii

the man-
dala smash-
ers. (hiroshima:

‘explicit degene-
racy.’) neutral
harmless enou-

gh?

 

iv

built-in incan-
descence. (atom:
wherein the world?)

suicidal vengeance;
dwarves manically com-
pressing the planet…
(

sex – special relativ-
ity.) travelling light
in the realm of

time

 

 

BIO

Sean HowardSean Howard is the author of Local Calls (Cape Breton University Press, 2009) and Incitements (Gaspereau Press, 2011). His poetry has been widely published in Canada and elsewhere, nominated for a Pushcart Prize in the US, and anthologized in The Best Canadian Poetry in English (Tightrope Books, 2011 & 2014). Sean is adjunct professor of political science at Cape Breton University, researching nuclear disarmament and the political history of 20th Century physics. His ‘Shadowgraphs Project’ has been supported by a creative writing grant from the Canada Council for the Arts.

 

 

 

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