Lisa Rosenberg


This day. This hour.
Feast of paradox,

of plentitude
in the face of how
we are taught.

Scarcity, its army
of thoughts

feeding at the seed ball
now and off again

like the junco
or the house finch
red crest and all.

—from A Different Physics © Lisa Rosenberg

0-8Poet and recovering engineer LISA ROSENBERG holds degrees in physics and creative writing, and worked for many years in the space program. A former Wallace Stegner Fellow, she served as the 2017-2018 Poet Laureate of San Mateo County, California. Her debut collection, A Different Physics, received the Red Mountain Poetry Prize. Lisa was recently named a MOSAIC Fellow, and awarded a 2020 Djerassi Residency for scientists and artists.

Author’s note: “Each moment can be an offer of shelter, if we can receive it as such. Observing backyard birds slows me down enough to notice choices between abundance and scarcity, presence and preoccupation, and other possibilities that surround us. This is one route to new ways of thinking, beyond what (and how) ‘we are taught.’ The quick movement of the birds reminds me of thoughts bombarding the thinker.

Other work
Re-thinking Art as Shelter

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