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11:38 am: Looking for a Poet

I realize it is unlikely that even the Internet can solve this one, but...

I am looking for the author of a poem I read in the 90s. I am nearly certain that it was in an issue of Absolute Magnitude. John remembers that, too, but we asked the editor once and he did not remember it, so I suppose it is possible that we are wrong and it was in Abberations or Locus. I'm pretty sure those are the only magazines of that size I read back then.

The poem, which I would dealy like to quote in my last Prospero Novel, was called something like: A Jewish Father To His Unborn Son. It described how the angels lay their fingers on the lips of unborn children to remind them not to spill the secrets of Heaven and ended with the fantastic line:

"Bite the angel's finger. Tell me all!"

Does anyone remember it? Or have any idea how I could find it?

 




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From:mindyklasky
Date:July 26th, 2010 05:32 pm (UTC)
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What about reaching out to the Science Fiction Poetry Association - www.sfpoetry.com ?

If one of their members didn't write it, someone will likely remember reading it...
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From:jjbrannon
Date:July 26th, 2010 06:53 pm (UTC)

Aboriginal, maybe?

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I can't think of another magazine-size SF publication from that time which published poetry as well.

The thing is, it sounds familiar.

JJB
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From:jjbrannon
Date:July 26th, 2010 07:45 pm (UTC)

Re: Weird Tales, mayhaps?

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"The Expectant Father to His Unborn Child"?

http://www.isfdb.org/cgi-bin/title.cgi?108277


JJB
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From:jjbrannon
Date:July 26th, 2010 07:50 pm (UTC)

Lagniappe from the Isle of Serendip

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I found this while exercising my Google-Fu

http://velveteenrabbi.blogs.com/blog/2010/05/mother-poem-croup.html


JJB
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From:jjbrannon
Date:July 26th, 2010 07:56 pm (UTC)

Peter Atkins film bio

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Not to be confused with that other Englishman who makes Dawkins seem a papist.

http://www.imdb.com/name/nm0040643/bio


JJB
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From:arhyalon
Date:July 26th, 2010 08:49 pm (UTC)

Re: Weird Tales, mayhaps?

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Wow. This sounds promising!
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From:jjbrannon
Date:July 26th, 2010 09:03 pm (UTC)

Re: Weird Tales, mayhaps?

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I should have thought of Weird Tales. After all, George and Darrell were the first two [local!] SF&F editors with whom I crossed paths.

It was also magazine-size.


JJB
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From:arhyalon
Date:July 26th, 2010 10:49 pm (UTC)

Re: Weird Tales, mayhaps?

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And it was published by DNA at the time, which is why I thought it came from Warren.
From:(Anonymous)
Date:July 27th, 2010 11:12 pm (UTC)
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Is it the one by Josiah Holland from who-knows-when and could have been reprinted somewhere?
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