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.
I’m consuming a lot of horror these day, and I just googled “apple head doll” and I’m horrified. Anyways, that’s all because of @ethereallad’s story “Dessiccant” on @NightlightPod https://nightlightpod.com/episode/312-desiccant-by-craig-laurance-gidney/
I've been out of it. But I'm back to reading poems today.
Brigid Nemeton's #poem "A Training Session" is really interesting with this gestalt consciousness arising in it, and also the podcast version is interesting to hear.
Okay, maybe two more! "Particularities" and "Consistencies" by S. Qiouyi Lu
The nice thing about both poems is the notion of home. I like Consistencies more only because I like the equal character length in each line.
I guess I post links to two poems at a time pretty regularly so today both #poems are by Dominik Parisien, both published in Uncanny.
1. Afternoon with Grandparents
2. To a Dying Friend
So to catch up with a few more #poems. I stumbled on these translations by Kenji C. Liu of Morio Hayashida.
Three poems, link to the Translator's Note, click next for each poem:
1 Where to Go
2 Winter, Twenty-Four Years Old
3 Sick in a Foreign Country
I'm reading Ashley Bao's "a siren whispered in my ear one night"
This #poem plays with my feelings about home and the changes in a home.
The #poem for December 6 is Valerie Valdes's "Making Accommodations"
This is quite a brilliant poem and the metaphor is quite lovely (at least from my perspective as a hobby bookbinder)
As usual I'm catching up, but just in time Strange Horizons just published 3 #poems for their Mexico special issue. The poems are by Raúl Gallardo Flores, Ruperta Bautista Vázquez, and Gabriel Ascencio Morales, with translators Juan Martínez and Morgan L. Ventura.
I'm linking the podcast, but the page links to the individual poems for your reading.
🎓 Peer-review griping
Reminder: Peer review for journal articles is exploitative because it's not a paid job
But this isn't a big problem because the people doing it need the money per se
It's a big problem because a lot of people who could be doing it, don't, because they don't already have the cushy academic job that allows them to do peer reviews
And so it's a "the rich get richer" situation, just with the academic reputation involved in reviewing
Peer review: It's just more gatekeeping!™
🎓 Peer-review griping
I'm reviewing another paper
And I'm getting paid ten times what I got last time to review!
It's still zero!!
That's the joke!!!
Looks like I missed yesterday's #poem because I'm slipping in and out of Zoom conference sessions so today I am doing two both by Noor Hindi:
"Fuck Your Lecture on Craft, My People Are Dying"
Would you look at that, November ending, I'm reading Kurt Newton's "Earworm Indoctrination"
I'm reading it because my ear's blocked, and I dug around for a #poem that suits the mood.
On Decolonizing My Web Use
I'm not sure which bit to excerpt that'll get people to read the whole thing, but listen: a lot of y'all are engaged in the business of "fixing" the Web, or the Internet, or computers.
And for a variety of reasons, there's not many Indigenous contributions to those conversations, outside of Indigenous communities.
So here's my contribution. Please make use of it the way you might any other useful piece of software.
A few more days of November, but I'm reading June Jordan's #poem
The best part of "Letter to the Local Police" is all the flowers.
Translator (he/they) of short scifi fiction and poetry (mostly into Arabic) and academic.
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