MAPPING THE HUMAN GENOMEA trail is being blazed to the people who preceded
us, whose troubling nucleotides we so clearly
contain. Probably, nothing could have changed
my ancestor McKay's blue eyes or prevented him,
that dark night in the woods, from ravishing
the Senedo girl who became our forebear here.
What made him live to be 90 and his brother
Lewis's map was huge. Open it out
Today's trailblazers, Venter and Collins,
Copyright 2000, Patricia Gray
A Washington, D.C. native, Patricia Gray lives and works on Capitol Hill. Her limited edition chapbook, Rich With Desire, sold out within weeks of its publication in early 1998. She is the recipient of artist's fellowship grants from the District of Columbia Commission on the Arts and Humanities for 2000, 1998, and 1995. Her poems have appeared in Poetry International, Poetry East, The MacGuffin, Shenandoah, Cider Press Review and in other magazines and anthologies.