Two Poems

Science News

“If spacetime does emerge from deeper ingredients…the speed of light can no longer be taken as a given…” — Erik Eason, Scientific American, October 2018
The speed of light is NOT a constant.
Past, present, future are phases of Time.
Waves move through water expectant
of consistency, but the rhyme
fails in crystal ice or atmosphere.
Maths function without tense.
Our tension, where? Here we are,
squinting in the constant glare.



The Two Cultures

Unlike humans, bees are                              The range of human vision stops at about
not blind to flowers’                                       400 mu; the bee’s goes down to 300 mu.
kohl-daubed eyes enticing them onto             Bees see ultraviolet light. Experiments
the dusty couch of Eros,                                 show that even white flowers vary in the
murmuring:                                                            reflection of ultraviolet over different
Come…come closer and close with me,           parts of the petals. What the bee sees
for in me lies the life of flowers                      rounding the pollen source is a kind of
where rivers of honey will run                                 landing pattern to guide its entry.
down your thighs.


The coda chapter of L. Shapley Bassen’s novel NEW MARWA is a fast read at “Portrait of a Giant Squid” was the First Place winner in the 2015 Austin Chronicle Short Story Contest. Fiction Editor for, indie-published author of Summer of the Long Knives (Typhoon Media), Lives of Crime & Other Stories (Texture Press), and Showfolk & Stories (Inkception Books); finalist for the 2011 Flannery O’Connor Award, a 1st reader for Electric Literature, won the 2009 APP Drama Prize, a Mary Roberts Rinehart Fellowship, and poetry/fiction reviewer for Brooklyner, The Rumpus, etc. 1st poetry collection, What Suits a Nudist? forthcoming in 2019 from

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