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Deborah P. Kolodji is a single mother of three who supports her poetry habit by working as a network administrator. Her work has appeared in publications such as Mythic Delirium, Poetpourri, and St. Anthony Messenger Magazine. This poem appeared in Tales of the Unanticipated #14 (December 1994) and was nominated for a Rhysling.

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Research Assistant

by Deborah P. Kolodji

Alone on the home-world
not Penelope but still waiting
a spacer's wife tends zoo specimens
souvenirs of genetic adventure
gifts from an absentee husband

reminders of Ulyssian travel
& promiscuous experiments --
cross-breeding limits discovered
recorded & logged in quack studies
for improvement of the species.

Xenobiologist disillusioned
by duty delegation, days filled
with half-human cyclop tears
& the green diaper rash
of a toddler Medusa

she forgets why she stays
barren, watching over caged
miscegenic step-children &
considers broadcasting her own
siren's call.