Apes and aphids

aphidA few thoughts about writing:

I’ve started writing fiction and poetry in small groups again after a long break. In these I work freewrite style, loose and open associations with timed writings — see Red Ravine for more on that, they are the awesome goddesses of writing practice. I love fiction and poetry, and often have no idea what I’m writing about until I’ve read it aloud.

My latest piece of timed writing, The physics lesson of Australopithecus, (written Monday in 30 minutes) is sitting percolating over at Cuentos, my fiction and poetry blog. It is a circular prose poem about time and evolution (I think). The phrase “apes and aphids” is tucked into the piece somewhere and it caught my eye.

Now, in writing practice it’s not unusual to write things like “apes and aphids” without thinking about it, and then wonder where the phrase came from. Typically, I can’t resist the urge to google and today found that “apes to aphids” referenced both other poets and the biological sciences. Nice. I am a poet with a background in the sciences; it all makes sense.

Then I keep looking: From the Universidad Completense Madrid, I find lists of published works on the biological sciences, housed in the Royal Society of London.

These include:

Self-sacrificing gall repair by aphid nymphs;
Humans deceived by predatory stealth strategy camouflaging motion;
A naked ape would have fewer parasites

I love all of these titles.

 Then, as I’m fiddling around linking at will, I discover that wow, Red Ravine is writing about bugs today too! Coincidence? But then again, I just stepped on a bug in my hallway in the middle of the night and had to scrub my foot in the sink (ugh), so I guess it’s just spring.

In summary, isn’t writing amazing?


5 Responses to “Apes and aphids”

  1. Yes. I love writing. I also love to read other people’s writing.

  2. Perhaps when your mind is in the creative mode, it goes into a transpersonal universal realm, where it picks up knowledge you never knew existed.

  3. I hope you didn’t step on a Child of the Earth (aka Jerusalem Cricket, aka Potato Bug). Or a centipede!

    Synchronicity, apes and aphids and insects and spiders. Or spring 8)

  4. Thank you Caroline and Jacqueline – your blogs are both very interesting reading, in really different ways. I like the feeling of eavesdropping that comes with blogging — eavesdropping by invitation, I suppose. And yes, Jacqueline, the words dry up sometimes, don’t they? I have a number of different ways of shaking myself out of it – go write in group, start a group, read buckets of non-fiction and transmogrify it into stories, etc. Whatever it takes! In writing practice, you just keep going!

  5. Hey Ybonesy — it was black and icky with white guts. Either a beetle or a roach. Dis-gus-ting….. I have to remember to turn the lights on now that the warm weather is bringing them out.

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