genetic designer


a trickster

sacrificed wisdom

sacrificed the sick

sacrificed storms


the gift of poetry

sells to a company

(a staff member told me)


new and improved emendation

tobacco plants into snakes

coffee beans into ice cream

macaques into twin baby girls

drug-resistant strain of covid-19

(just kidding, a staff member told me)



the company’s genetic designer

hands-on lab work

suite of techniques

disable sequence, snip, or replace it

and a tattoo that urges

(a staff member told me)

create something beautiful

*from “Life Hacks” by Elizabeth Kolbert in The New Yorker, Jan 18, 2021

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