Issue 11, December 2013
{ Brain Implant #3: Patterns}
by Kimiko Hahn
"Though still a long way from being tested in humans, the implant 
demonstrates 

for the first time that a cognitive function can be improved with a device 
that 

mimics the firing patterns of neurons." 

—Benedict Carey 

 

Karl von Frisch's study of "dance language" was related to bee 
communication 

SAT bubbles 

Wikipedia: an anxiety disorder characterized by intrusive thoughts that 
produce 

uneasiness, apprehension, fear, or worry, by repetitive behaviors .... 
[Symptoms] can be 

alienating and time consuming... 

From the French, patron 

Mac Call catalogs in Home Ec. 

She calls in sick most Thursdays. She splits her split ends. She pulls each 
blind down 

exactly half way. She must read the Airline Safety Instructions before 
takeoff. She must 

eat dryer sheets. 

Tessellation Penrose, Pongal, Koam, Fractal, Fern 

He zigzag-stitches infidelity throughout the marriage 

Crystallography 

"Each individual has a pattern integrity," R. Buckminister Fuller 

The cold front forms in the wake of an extratropical cyclone. Fronting. 

fluctuation (Antonym)
   
   

Kimiko Hahn's forthcoming collection, Brain Fever, continues where Toxic Flora left off: poems triggered by rarified fields of science. She teaches in the MFA Program of Creative Writing & Literary Translation at Queens College/CUNY.