Hi folks, I'm Saqer. I'm an academic, finishing up grad school. I spend a lot of time translating short science fiction into Arabic, but haven't published any yet because reasons. Maybe that will change over the next year.
I also spend a lot of time listening to audiobooks of scifi novels, and the usual scifi podcasts. I spend a lot of time also wondering about backstories of minor characters and societal myths and languages in scifi.
First of the Seventh Month, and I finally sat down to read a #poem, this is one is by Mari Ness titled "Hunter"
I went into this thinking it was a love poem, but perhaps a passion murder poem?
So happy to share with you: the first scifi story I've ever sold, appearing today in Strange Horizons!
- cryogenic exoplanets
Happy End of June, it's been a day, and now I'm finally reading "Three Movements on Anatomy" a #poem by Alyza Taguilaso
In Movement II, "Dissection", what stands out to me is how every body, every limb, is in some way unknown.
thoughts on image descriptions
- some people need them to get any value out of your image
- some people find them extremely helpful to provide context for the subject/content/point you're making
- it's an opportunity to be creative, you can have fun with them while also being informative
- there's been an odd exception, but in general i don't boost images without descriptions, and i know i'm not the only person with that policy
in summation: use image descriptions
June 28, and I'm reading this #poem by Isabel Yap titled "Apologies for breaking the glass slipper"
This few verses ring so true to me: "I’m sorry if the people darting by
get their feet cut, but I’ve learned humans
are great at sidestepping."
For June 27, I'm reading Faye Kicknosway's #poems, but the most intriguing among them, it was "Portrait"
The thought of how Uncle Death would prepare himself to meeting his victims, and how he conducts himself. It was curious to read.
We're 177 days into the year, and I'm reading "For Preserves", a #poem by Cassandra Rose Clarke
This stanza is beyond amazing:
"Forgetting is like the yeast in
your loaves of bread, the baking powder in
your cakes. Without forgetting, the sunlight
will not cure,
Somethings do get better when they are forgotten and found many years later
June 24th is a day for beautiful #poems: Shweta Narayan's "Song of Shakti"
This one's quite unique in describing the mother-creatrix
It's the 23rd, and I'm baking bread as I read this #poem by Raimo Kangasniemi titled "October 2026: The end of the picnic"
I spent quite sometime thinking about the golden bees and remembered an important element of how languages work, the words for things are arbitrary.
June 22, and I’m loving this poem by Alexandra Seidel titled “Bei Nacht – A Demon Song”
The way the #poem talks about belonging in a city is perfect and just the way I feel about cities: “This city is ours as much as it is nobody’s.”
June 21, and I'm reading Mary Soon Lee's #poem about pluto.
"How to Speak to Pluto" is an important guide for those of us who think of the planets as beings.
It's ok if you are nonbinary and in a perpetual state of questioning your orientation as a result.
But you don't ever have to settle on a label if you can't or don't want to.
Even the land we live on is always changing into new continents and islands, which shows us that endless change is at least as important as being finished.
June 19, I'm reading "Welcome Drought" by Lore Graham
This #poem haunts me, because it makes me think of what it will be to lose a home to rising seas, dammed or not. I don't currently live in a coastal flood zone, but my childhood home, my parents homes and neighborhoods are all in the coastal floodzone upon rising seas.
For the 17th, I dug around and found Lisa M. Bradley's #poem "The Axolotl Inquest"
A POEM ABOUT #AXOLOTL! A POEM ABOUT THE IMPORTANCE OF *ASKING* THE AXOLOTL.
Translator (he/they) of short scifi fiction and poetry (mostly into Arabic) and academic.
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