Thea Iberall

Thea Iberall Poems

1. Abracadabra 10/24/2006
2. Events 10/24/2006
3. The Evolutionary Record 10/24/2006

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We gather at the mouth of the lake
to discourse upon science
(and not the parenthetical losses in our lives)

I present evidence of transient events
recorded intracellularly from the motor cortex
of a laboratory monkey reaching for a cookie pellet.
His task is complex.
He must open the drawer with his left hand
and extract the morsel with his right.

My colleagues ask probing questions
about the strength of the neural activity
and the robustness of the response.
No one asks about the death of my lover
or why the lake turns sparkling blue
early ...

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