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Act of Creation

Act of Creation
by J. A. Grier

Folding up the paper -
this craft feels so smooth.
Frog forms under my fingers.
It is satisfaction, so perfect.
His soothing form is my escape,
my symmetry and my control.
I feel him want to leap
but water would end him.
Still he seeks a pond - and one
sodden moment - to be real.

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J. A. Grier is a speculative fiction writer, poet, planetary scientist, and astronomy educator.  Dr. Grier's poems and stories have appeared in Space and Time, Niteblade, Liquid Imagination, and the anthologies Suffer the Little Children and Life In Me Like Grass On Fire.  Other credits include a textbook entitled The Inner Planets and a host of tweets, occasionally profound but usually otherwise, under @grierja on Twitter.  Works in progress include a collection of creepy childhood horror poems and a space opera novel trilogy.  Dr. Grier contemplates various astronomy facts and speculative fictions at

What advice do you have for other fantasy writers? 

I think of the poem I'm working on as wet clay - I get my hands dirty, try new things, and enjoy myself.  I keep shaping and sculpting until I love the thing I'm holding.  As poets we need to set our minds free, and create what is inspiring for us and not what we think someone else wants.  Fantasy seems to bloom when the mind is willing to surrender the ordinary and go someplace totally new, unexpected, full of energy, and maybe a little uncomfortable.