Winter 2006 • Vol. XXVIII No. 1 Writing in Code: Literature and the Genome |

Genomic Vanitas & Memento Vivi

                               ❦❦❦                   (Vanitas) Of thy last end, in all thy works, be mindfulthe still life's legend insists: lyre & death's-head clock, depetallingtulip & convolvulus-canker, wrought silver candle-snuffer,& fruit flies' agitated sphere over split skin of cherries & blue-moldcaved-in scab on folds of peach: in each, unwound, ripped-in-halfstrands of DNA self-duplicate &, replicant, endure their going hence:double-helixed surrogate of the everlasting, like Eternityin the tail-whip of gamete, in the condom's spermicidal tip.                                ❦❦❦                     (Vocation)        —& all this century's turn this dispossessionof the mind, its overmurmuri

Already have an account? Login

Join KR for even more to read.

Register for a free account to read five free pieces a month from our current issue and digital archive.
Register for Free and Read This Piece



Or become a subscriber today and get complete, immediate access to our digital archives at every subscription level.

Read More

Mind the Gaps

By Bruce Beasley

                               ❦❦❦                   (Vanitas) Of thy last end, in all thy works, be mindfulthe still life's legend insists: lyre & death's-head clock, depetallingtulip & convolvulus-canker, wrought silver candle-snuffer,& fruit flies' agitated sphere […]

Thoughts and Prayers Triage

By Bruce Beasley

                               ❦❦❦                   (Vanitas) Of thy last end, in all thy works, be mindfulthe still life's legend insists: lyre & death's-head clock, depetallingtulip & convolvulus-canker, wrought silver candle-snuffer,& fruit flies' agitated sphere […]

Subscribe

Your free registration with Kenyon review incudes access to exclusive content, early access to program registration, and more.

Donate

With your support, we’ll continue 
to cultivate talent and publish extraordinary literature from diverse voices around the world.