Saturday, December 10, 2016

Current bio



David Kopaska-Merkel has been writing SF and fantasy since rock was young. He won the Rhysling award (Science Fiction Poetry Association) for best long poem in 2006 for a collaboration with Kendall Evans. His latest poetry collection, SETI Hits Paydirt, was published by Popcorn Press. He edits and publishes Dreams And Nightmares, a genre poetry zine in its 30th year of publication. He lives in a farmhouse that has been engulfed, but not digested, by a city. 


For the curious 

121016b



A Ghoul's Assessment


green bones, overstretched
by skin and warm flesh
not yet ripe

121016



magmites swim below
the solid crust of Earth
freeze to death at 900C

Friday, December 9, 2016

A feathered dinosaur tail



The BBC reports on a feathered dinosaur tail discovered in amber from Myanmar. It appears that the sparrow-sized dinosaur might have been alive when it was trapped. The article suggests the critter died because it couldn't get loose. There are other possibilities.

http://www.bbc.com/news/science-environment-38224564

A shrew-like creature scuttles up the tree
pine bark spalls
pulled loose by sharp claws
sharper teeth worry a tiny overlord
feathered cousin of tyrannosaurs
and sauropods that shake the land
the proto-rat makes short work
of the head and torso
spitting out feathers
that soon litter the needled ground
the gummed tail is out of reach
not much meat on it
anyway



That's probably what really happened

120916



under this red sun
rice crops fail
can't get used to wheat

Thursday, December 8, 2016

120816d







7.6 billion conversations
what I did today, who said what
the weather, an insult
money, health, blah blah blah
no wonder the AIs suicide

120816c



Crossing the Greater New Orleans bridge, in the dark, with no traffic


Come tomorrow
34 years a parent
hugs across the Pond