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OK, I'll sum up my experience with this piece below. Hopefully some of it will be useful to you. So, this is a landscape; more specific...

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Planetary scientists say that there were rivers
                            on Mars. Once
in the past, maybe water or silicon
carved its way into the soil, leaving channels.
On every channel last week,
I saw Mars as rivulets
                            Mars as alluvium
Mars as the dust-choke of the desert calling
        I have hidden waters.

There is no such thing as a mundane
river, even on the Earth.  Water
winds through the soil, the air;
life-forms bathe
                            in it, poisoning
        the atmosphere.  We imagine gods
that turn it into wine, as if microbes
were not miraculous enough.  
        Mars with water could be a Mars with
microbes, a Mars with wine.

Or maybe silicon,
        but it’s less magical that way.

The rivers on Mars are all gone.
There may be hidden ice
and we know there are scientists on Earth
rooting for those rivers, like Percival Lowell did with canals
        (he saw canals on Mars
        in his observatory near the Verde River),
but it's still a dust-trap in the present.
                            There are no canals.

                             I once walked
twenty miles, lost in the Gila Wilderness
until the sun set and Mars winked
at the snakes in my path,
                            the narrow canyon.
I tried to leave the river but it trapped me
in the Mars-filled night.

I was at a party, many years ago,
but long after the last river on Mars
                            dried up.

I met a famous planetary scientist
who was a drunk, a boisterous flirt
        (he sloshed wine out of his glass
        with gestures)
and I steered him onto safe topics:
        river rafting, hiking,
 not how to pronounce
 or what he thought of mine.

Now I feel sympathy for Mars, keeping its signs
of water hidden for so long
as scientists stare at its surface
    with frank hunger.
    (would silicon make them happy?)
with candy-apple drums
between them. The driver
swings between the lines,
one shy chicano boy softly sings
his part while the wind wails
in from Mexico.
I'm going to quitobaquito springs
in the back of a truck I'm going
to leave needles in my wake
saguaro priests crowd this dirt road
arms skyward heads crowned
by deathbirds I think the finger
of the gulf left its nail sliver here
to mark the border la frontera
of my secret la frontera of the edge
of an ear, caked with salt, thirsty
trespasser shivering under the cottonwoods.


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Hanna A. Coy
Artist | Traditional Art
United States
I'm a hydrologist with the U.S. Geological Survey, and right now I paint in my spare time. I hope to eventually build a professional art practice.

I specialize in 2-D mixed media. My work mostly deals with the emotional undercurrent of scientific understanding, as I perceive it. I use religious symbolism from time to time, but not usually as it was intended. I'm fond of using map-derived elements in 'landscape' painting.
I am also working on revising some poems.  I have 50+ of them, generated during NaPoWriMo, and I'd like to put together enough finished ones for a chapbook of science poems.  Here's a teaser with some titles:

Visualizing the Proton
To Madame Curie On Her Discovery of Polonium
Rivers On Mars
Alluvial Stratigraphy
Ice Shelves
Perusing the International Tree-Ring Data Bank
Epoch Analysis, A How-To Guide
Fire History
The God Of Guinea Worms
Angle of Incidence
Manhatten Project Memories, yeah yeah yeah



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Acrymat Featured By Owner Jun 9, 2014
Mario Head-Bang Emoticon many thanks!Rss icon 
cogwurx Featured By Owner Jan 11, 2014  Professional Interface Designer
Thank you for the :+fav:!
Philliewig Featured By Owner Nov 26, 2013  Student Traditional Artist
Thank you SO MUCH for the :+devwatch: and your support of my work :heart: Have a fantastic day and week, my friend!
Rendever Featured By Owner Oct 18, 2013
I felt weird just favouriting a ton of your pieces so I decided to top off at two and just write you a comment admiring you're work. 

All of you're pieces are extremely unique and every single one of them seems to have a meaning behind it explaining what is going on within the piece. 

I love it (: Thank you
hannacoy Featured By Owner Oct 18, 2013   Traditional Artist
Thank you so much!  That's very encouraging to hear. 
DuchesseOfDusk Featured By Owner Oct 16, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
Thanx a lot for the :+fav: on Ekman's Spiral :)
hannacoy Featured By Owner Oct 16, 2013   Traditional Artist
You're welcome!
CristianoTeofili Featured By Owner Oct 12, 2013   Traditional Artist
thanks for the fav :)
hannacoy Featured By Owner Oct 16, 2013   Traditional Artist
You're welcome!
Camille-Marie Featured By Owner Oct 5, 2013   Traditional Artist
Thank you for the watch! :)
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