Saturday, June 25, 2016

Richard Fortey monostichs

[Continuing our series on scientists who write like angels]

Earthquakes are the shudders
of the reluctant crust
as plates plunge
              one another


the sun cracked the mud   into  crispy polygons


where frost prised slabs of rock away,  and rain carried off  its stony booty

[Source: Life, 1998]

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And, from his fellow geology-maven  John McPhee:

Near the far side of Utah,
the flats turned blinding white,    corn-snow white;
revolving winds were making devils out of salt.
Over the whiteness, you could see the salt go off the curve of the earth.

[Source:  Annals of the Former World (1998), p. 60]

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