Issue Three

Spring 2012

 

On Definitions



With all the ways time loops in the quantum
foam, definitions slide away. Her mother
could have said, a life defined by sorrow,
but it might have been sparrows or tomorrow
which is a problem when tomorrow loops
around today; her physics teacher
would have said don't confuse your quantum
world with your mechanical spaceno one
hoists anvils under an imaging machine;
though isn't that the point, there is "no one"
on that infinitesimal scale, so
we define life in the particle zoo:
Quarks—up and down, bottom and strange;
Leptons—neutrino, electron, muon and tau.
Imagine the first instants of the universe,
where light and gravity interact in long waves,
when our metaphors turn upon themselves
before they intersect in novel geometries.

 

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Carol Dorf


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