"Perhaps there was no mystery here,
they were just clouds in a strange light
blown by a soundless wind,
marking no calamity, foretelling nothing."
- from "August Night"
What is gravity? Where do clouds come from? Disguised as an examination book in which a student writes everything he or she knows about a subject, Daniel Hudon’s “Evidence for Rainfall” is a book of secrets whispered from afar, in a tone that plays loose with the trope of scientific detachment. What is time to a light beam? How did we get here?
Interspersed with photographs that simultaneously leap off the page and draw you in, the texts in “Evidence for Rainfall” will tantalize inquisitive minds and tickle the imagination.
Several poems in this chapbook have been published previously in literary journals:“Excerpts from the Astronomical Revolution” and “The Legend of the Golden Toad” in The Journal of the Core Curriculum; “A Short Course in Cloud Physics” and “The Wave” in Neon; “The Burgess Shale” in The Antigonish Review; “Tracks” in Clarion;
“A Brief History of Light” and “The History of Gravity” in The Wilderness House
Literary Review; “Instructions on How to Build a Cloud” in Café Irreal; and “Whale Migration” in Rumble.
About the author
Daniel Hudon, originally from Canada, teaches natural science at Boston University. In addition to the above
journals, he has had recent work appear in Swink, The Cream City Review, The Tower Journal, Qwerty, The Charles River Journal, The Nashwaak Review, The Avatar Review and Riffing on Strings, an anthology of writing inspired by string theory (Scriblerus Press). His first book, The Bluffer's Guide to the Cosmos, was published in 2009 by Oval Books (UK). He lives in Roxbury, Massachusetts.