Feb 27 2008

Disciples of Paradox

Published by Brian at 9:41 pm under science, poetry, science_fiction

David Memmott’s long poem “Disciples of Paradox” is on Strange Horizons. “Paradox” is dedicated to Stephen J. Hawking,

suspended and wired for half-life
in a wheelchair spaceship
you must have considered
that those who stand on your shoulders
may one day bury your equations
in a painted wooden boat
moored in the sand
where all horizons are defeated
by mirage.

2 Responses to “Disciples of Paradox”

  1. David Memmotton 28 Feb 2008 at 9:27 am

    Thanks for posting this, Brian. One of the things that most struck me about Stephen J. Hawking is how such genius has defied all expectation for longevity and has done so while maintaining a brilliant mind trapped in a practically useless body. He seems in some ways to be a precursor of some of the more extreme extropian ideas for space exploration — how we might one day incorporate consciousness into a machine such as a spaceship. Hawking’s wheelchair and the technology/training involved in communication, etc., seem to be not only models for the severely handicapped, but possibly for some kind of technical immortality in space. An example maybe of the most bizarre future possibilities taking shape in the present.

  2. jude calvert-toulminon 17 May 2008 at 4:16 am

    thanks from me too, brian, for posting this. i woke up this morning with a poem writing itself in my head and after transcribing it, i decided to dedicate it to stephen hawking. then i wondered whether any other poets had dedicated their work to stephen hawking, and through your blog found david memmott’s quite brilliant poem!

    (waves hello to david) - really a fantastic poem. i’ll be posting my own poem on my blog once i’ve performed it live on the 27th may at sheffield’s premiere open mic night, wordsaloud.org.

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