The End Of Science Fiction

This is not fantasy, this is our life. We are the characters who have invaded the moon, who cannot stop their computers. We are the gods who can unmake the world in seven days.

Both hands are stopped at noon. We are beginning to live forever, in lightweight, aluminum bodies with numbers stamped on our backs. We dial our words like muzak. We hear each other through water.

The genre is dead. Invent something new. Invent a man and a woman naked in a garden, invent a child that will save the world, a man who carries his father out of a burning city.

Invent a spool of thread that leads a hero to safety;

invent an island on which he abandons the woman who saved his life with no loss of sleep over his betrayal.

Invent us as we were before our bodies glittered and we stopped bleeding:

invent a shepherd who kills a giant, a girl who grows into a tree, a woman who refuses to turn her back on the past and is changed to salt, a boy who steals his brother's birthright and becomes the head of a nation.

Invent real tears, hard love, slow-spoken, ancient words, difficult as a child's first steps across a room.

— Lisel Mueller

Notebook LEVEL ONE

1. Review the twelve basic types of nature poems presented in the beginning of this chapter and base ideas on ten of them, using your own environment and perspective to observe and interpret the outdoors. In other words, don't feel the need to look elsewhere for nature but depict it as it is where you can find it easily.

2. Do the five exercises for generating "nature" ideas as found on page 59 and outline five more ideas in your journal.

3. Make three lists in your journal. First, think about your household and how environmental issues have affected it, from recycling to product labels. Think about your workplace and how environmental issues have affected it, from smoking bans to safety regulations. Generate five ideas for poems.

Next, study a week's worth of daily newspaper articles (if possible, buy the New York Times). Look for articles in which environmental issues are discussed. Generate five ideas for poems.

Finally, visit the library and scan back issues of environmental magazines and newsletters. Generate five ideas for poems.

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