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String Theory

I introduced the poetry project to the high school class. A boy, who seemed to be the class leader, didn’t see the point of it. I told him to knock on his desk. I said, “What did you touch?” He said, “Wood.” I said, “According to physicists at the University of Moscow exploring String Theory you just touched an elementary particle existing in 11 dimensions. Physicists at the University of Moscow exploring String Theory are now aware that elementary particles communicate with each other. Great poetry has come from Russian poets aware of scientific discoveries made at the University of Moscow.” He said, “Okay, I write.”

From Meme-Noir, my 2019 book of autobiographical vignettes. I bluffed my way through a possible rebellion. I remember the students reading aloud what they wrote. It was all very real. They followed his lead and he made it work. Somewhere he must be close to 30.

Theory

finally wthis is true w

Physics again standing on its head

Physicists discovering an upside – down world

perhaps this wshe was w

The elementary particles comprising stars can leap

It seems

Across time (if there really is time) reappearing

And appearing in numerous locations at once

new star

The simultaneous stars stretching across infinity

Are one and the same

Projections of one star

multicoloured wfaded w

One star only we see here and there

As if altering as if shadowing our days and years

With a spectacularly aloof performance

deer what w

Like the lover

You just can’t forget

her face wbyzantinian

Previously published in my fourth book of poetry Hierarchy of Loss (Ekstasis Editions 2007)

and ink sketch

 Digital art based on an ink sketch in my moleskin sketchbook.

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