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 


A Ghoul's Assessment

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


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.

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

That's probably what really happened


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

Thursday, December 8, 2016


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


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

Come tomorrow
34 years a parent
hugs across the Pond