Monday, 31 January 2011

New Scientist on Genomics

Kelley Swain's articulate article on the Genomics Forum Poetry Competition results, for which I got third place. Read it here!

Russell Jones

Sunday, 30 January 2011

No competition

A little while ago I wrote an article on winning poetry competitions for Mairi Sharratt's blog, A Lump In the Throat.

It got crap reviews so I thought I'd share it with you! Enjoy

Russell Jones

Saturday, 29 January 2011

Eargh, you stink!

Ever wonder why you stink so much? I mean, you wash, right? You use sanitary products. And yet you still reek of failure, self loathing and -worst of all- humanity.

Well maybe it's in your genes. There have been many objections to genetic selection throughout history, though more recently against those freakish (wo)men in white coats who help you recover from cancer but "ought not play god".

Well pah. Pish and pith posh.

Genetic selection has been going on since boy met girl, since dinosaur ate falafel. You're probably selecting which gene carriers won't make it to conception right now, on your filthy pleasure-flannel. Wash out yer eyes! Filth.

And this be the premise of my "3rd place" poem written for the Genomics Forum's poetry competition, which held the theme of "Improving the Human".

The winning and runner up poems can be read on this site:,24368,en.html

and the judges' report here
( - so far as I can tell they're a pretty good bunch.

Russell Jones

Tuesday, 25 January 2011

Fear of The Main Land

A little sonnet of mine has appeared, fairy-like, on Euonia (a site whose name makes me think they're against banana straightening)

Oh and it's Burn's Night, for a' that. Eat haggis. Retch. Eat some more.

Russell Jones

Tuesday, 18 January 2011

A Word from the Scottish Poetry Library

Synthia is 42, alone, hungry and in need of a sense of humour. Just two pounds a month could help her to open a collection of Hegley. Don't let her suffer in silence, Improve The Human.

Come along to the Scottish Poetry Library on Saturday 29th January (2-4pm) to find out about the possible connections between genomics and poetry and to hear who the winners of the Genomics Forum Poetry Competition are. Synthia will thank you.

Saturday 29 January, 2 - 4pm

Genomics Poetry Competition: Prize giving and reading

Have you ever wondered what genetics and poetry have in common? Join us to find out, as we host a reading by the winners of the ERSC Genomics and Scottish Poetry Library poetry competition.
Free | all welcome


Scottish Poetry Library, 5 Crichton's Close, Canongate

Russell Jones