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Send us a poem about strength—the strength to be fearless, just, or make a difference in the world. June's focus is on verve, the spirit and enthusiasm animating artistic composition or performance.
RETROPY by James Kot
Winner of our Ketchupedia January Word of the Month
can go faster than light speed
and backwards in time.
Tachyons are theoretical particles that defy current models of physics, being faster than light. To exist in the current understanding of the universe's laws, they would literally be travelling backwards in time. Retropy is a term coined to be the opposite of entropy (a quantification of chaos or disorder). Kot simultaneously celebrates the contradictory nature of the universe and its firm orderliness.
Each of us daily experiences these definitive yet unknown rules. As writers, we while away time striving towards the immaterial, carving out meaning from the entropy of imagination through words. The process tears apart our perception of time so we can pursue something more valuable than the seconds lost.
Chosen for special recognition by NASA, James Ph. Kotsybar is the first poet to be published to another planet. His haiku currently orbits Mars aboard the MAVEN spacecraft, appears in the mission log of The Hubble Space Telescope, and was featured at NASA’s Centaur Art Challenge at IngenuityFest, Ohio. Last Summer, he performed his poetry before an international audience of scientists, journalists and actual Troubadours in their founding city of Toulouse, France, at the EuroScience Open Forum (ESOF2018) by invitation and has been invited back to ESOF2020 to be held in Trieste, Italy. Most recently he has had poems published in The Bubble, Askew, The Society of Classical Poets, LUMMOX Press, Sixfold, Mason’s Road, Encore and Scifaikuest, and has received honors from The State Poetry Society of Michigan and the Balticon 48 Poetry Competition. He especially enjoys science poetry because of its extended shelf-life.
Hasna Sal - Sui Generis
Sui Generis, "uniquely original," is the theme of glass artist Hasna Sal's new book. From the pulse of a small city park at dusk, one artist is forever changed. Illustrated with her brilliantly cast unpained glass art, Hasna's story, art, and her lyrical verse hark back to form of Sufi poets and the warmth of people and culture as the elixir of life.
Hasna is an architect and glass sculptor; she felt glass sculpture installations were the perfect fusion of her education and interests. Hasna believes art must step beyond the liminalities of aesthetics and transcend into the realm of social reformation. An artist and community activist, she has installed the first national memorial to the victims and survivors of trafficking in an urban park Kansas City. Working from her Kansas City studio, her work has been shown at various art shows and competitions worldwide.
More at glassconcepts360.com.
"Art should resolve world issues. Art should have a voice that resonates loud and clear across boundaries. Art should be the champion of change. Sharing these stories creates awareness of the problem, which in turn facilitates the platform for conversations and resolutions to take place.”
In English, "unique" comes from the Latin "unus," meaning "one." "Original" is also of Latin heritage, from "oriri," meaning to rise, be born, or receive life. Hasna gives life to the words in her poems, shaping words common to all into a book of which there can only be one, now and forever—sui generis.
Listen Live This Sunday at 6 pm on our weekly Ketchupedia Poetry Radio show on 101.1 KONN OneKc Radio or get the app. Listen to previous airings. Every week we have a radio show with a clip from our micro podcast which airs a word of the week every weekend on Spotify or your fave podcatcher. So listen to one or both.
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