Archive for: April, 2006

The Basics of Bird Flight

Apr 30 2006 Published by under Uncategorized


The skull of the Berlin Archaeopteryx lithographica specimen [resized].
Notice that feathers are faintly visible near the throat region.
Photo: Nick Longrich.
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Today is the last day of National Poetry Month. For some reason, I had forgotten this was National Poetry Month until it was more than halfway over. I regret that; I had planned to share a poem every day with you, but maybe I'll be more organized next year.
I had wanted to finish the month by writing a review of my friend's newly published book of poetry, but it has not arrived yet, so instead, I will finish with a poem that she read in public for PoetsWest, which took place at the Frye Art Museum in Seattle, a poem she surprised me with by dedicating it to me at that time.
My Seattle friend, Shannon Borg, earned her PhD in poetry and english literature from the University of Houston and her first book of poetry, Corset, was just released a week ago. There is a lot more I could say about her, but I'll let her do the talking with her poem, instead.

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Bird at Daybreak

Apr 29 2006 Published by under Uncategorized


Burning Sun over Iceland.
Image appears here with the kind permission of Hallgrimur Sveinn Sævarsson.
More spectacular photographs of Iceland can be viewed at his other site, Nykur.
(The image is linked to its source).

This poem was written by another Seattle pal of mine. Neile Graham is a Canadian poet who lives and works in Seattle. She is married to Jim Gurley, whose poem, "Field Guide", I featured yesterday. Neile has won all sorts of prizes and awards for her poetry, although I remember well the excitement surrounding her third place prize awarded by the League of Canadian Poets in 1995. The book that today's featured poem is found in was inscribed by Neile to me, saying for Devorah -- who looks at the very small things to see the big ones clearly.

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The Screaming Panties

Apr 29 2006 Published by under Uncategorized

Finally, my band has a name!

Your Band Name is:

The Screaming Panties
Band Name Generator

And what sort of rocker am I?

You Are an Emo Rocker!

Expressive and deep, lyrics are really your thing.
That doesn't mean you don't rock out...
You just rock out with meaning.
For you, rock is more about connecting than grandstanding.
What Kind of Rocker Are You?

These quizzes were donated by my blog pal, Orac.

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What's Your Theme Song?

Apr 29 2006 Published by under Uncategorized

Your Theme Song is Comfortably Numb by Pink Floyd

"There is no pain, you are receding.
A distant ship's smoke on the horizon.
You are only coming through in waves."
You haven't been feeling a lot lately, and you think that's a good thing.
The comfortable part is nice... but you should really work on numb.
What's Your Theme Song?

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Field Guide

Apr 28 2006 Published by under Uncategorized


Andes, Ecuador [resized].
Photo: Born2Bird.

Okay, most people thought yesterday's poem was a stinker, so I am making up for that today by posting a wonderful poem written by a Seattle pal of mine. My friend, Jim Gurley, supports his poetry by working as a librarian. He writes about nature, science and medicine and was the 2002 winner of the T.S. Eliot Prize for his first book of poetry, Human Cartography.

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Gloat

Apr 27 2006 Published by under Uncategorized

Okay, my peeps. I just have to brag, just a teensy bit, and this is a gloat that you will enjoy, too. Bob Levy, the author of the book, Club George, stopped by to read my review of his book and he commented, too! Of course, I am trying to work his contact into an interview with him for my blog, and if that works out, you will be able to read that, too! But nothing has been decided yet.

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The Microbe

Apr 27 2006 Published by under Uncategorized


Germ #14
by Warron Prentice.

When I saw the above painting, the first thing I thought of was the poem, The Microbe. This is another poem that I was introduced to by Gene Wilder when he starred in Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory (1971), except he quoted the last two lines of this poem instead of the first two as he did for yesterday's poem. (Has anyone noticed how that particular film is crammed with brief quotes from lots of fabulous poetry? And the film made learning this poetry so painless, too). Anyway, this particular poem is a rather inaccurate and out-of-date description of a bacterium, but I am sure that you -- and especially my blog sibling, Tara -- will enjoy it anyway!

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I and the Bird Available

Apr 27 2006 Published by under Uncategorized

There is yet another blog carnival to add to the parade of blog carnivals that have been published within the last 24 hours. This time, I and the Bird, issue 22, was published this morning on Home Bird Notes. This blog carnival focuses on the best writing about birds that has been recently published on a blog. This issue is really fabulous because it has some rather famous people in the line-up; people who, unlike me, are famous in real life! As usual, they had plenty of submissions from me to choose from, but I am very pleased to see their linked choice because that particular essay deserves more readership, especially since it does have an expiration date (when you read it, you'll understand what I mean).

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Carnival of the Liberals Available

Apr 26 2006 Published by under Uncategorized

Wow, today must be blog carnival publication day because I just learned that the Carnival of the Liberals, issue 11 was recently published at And Doctor Biobrain's Response Is.... This is a new blog carnival for me, so I look forward to reading my fellow contributors' material over the next few days (along with everything else in all the other carnivals that were published today! yeow!). Anyway, in the midst of intense sarcasm there, I was, once again, merely comic relief.

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Tangled Bank Available

Apr 26 2006 Published by under Uncategorized

The Tangled BankTangled Bank, issue 52, is now available at The Innoculated Mind. This time, it has a Star Wars theme (complete with the streaming soundtrack) and I, as a proud fighter against the Evil Emperor, am referred to as "GrrrlJedi".
Because I am a Jedi, I will tell you my light saber color (below the fold)

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