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Month 3:23


Lab by lab, hearts torn

from ribs and shorn

of surface cells turn gel

pale, bare flan in the hands

of Science. White organs

like beached sea creatures,

small hunted whales, Cordelias.


by Therese L. Broderick

NOTE: This piece was inspired by a NOVA television show about growing body organs.

Month 3:22


Minus twelve in Albany, the coldest in years,

my face unnaturally tight, skin attenuated

like an extra high string, a new E on an alien violin.


by Therese L. Broderick

NOTE:  This simile was inspired by a new kind of piano which features additional keys at its highest and lowest registers.



Month 3:21

What is Poetry?



by Therese L. Broderick

NOTE:  “Word-quakes” was inspired by my reading of “starquakes” in a NASA update.

Month 3:20


is a first cause, Word

igneous, voxel lightning rod,

the quiver / shot from Cupid’s bow,

that rarest rare infant syndrome —

twitch switch itch tic —

the final Hope of 100 billion galaxies

(same as their first cause),

eternal on-off, off-on, on-off…

in the End is the Approximate

by Therese L. Broderick

(The title is a quote from Carl Zimmer’s article “100 Trillion Connections” in Scientific American, January 2011.)


Month 3:19

Like a tiny bulb, the crewman’s earring sparkles

in January sun as he feeds spruce trees,

de-tinseled, into his Morbark chipping truck.


by Therese L. Broderick

(I have a bad cold, so won’t be posting a voice recording.)





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