The Nucleobases

Christian Bok

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'The Nucleobases' is a modular, acrostic poem, written according to a burdensome constraint, in which the molecular structure of the nucleotides in DNA determines not only the selected lexicons (which, in this case, consist only of nine-letter words), but also their arrangement in the line. Each poem maps out a molecule, while conveying a pastoral sentence about the bees (doing so in honour of Virgil, the first of all poets to have a line of poetry enciphered into the genome of an organism.).

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)21-26
Number of pages6
JournalJournal of Writing in Creative Practice
Issue number1
Publication statusPublished - 1 Sep 2014

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