Rose Lemberg is a queer, bigender immigrant from Eastern Europe and Israel. Rose’s work has appeared in Lightspeed’s Queers Destroy Science Fiction, Strange Horizons, Beneath Ceaseless Skies, Unlikely Story, Uncanny, and other venues. Rose is a Nebula Award nominee for their Birdverse novelette, “Grandmother-nai-Leylit’s Cloth of Winds”. Their works have also
won the Rannu competition, placed in the Rhysling award, and appeared on the Tiptree Longlist, among other honors. Rose’s debut poetry collection, Marginalia to Stone Bird, is available from Aqueduct Press (2016). Rose can be found on Twitter as @roselemberg, and on http://roselemberg.net.
Three Principles of Strong Building
The earth is the foundation of the mind and the mind, of building.
The earth is mother, birthing stone from seed,
the earth is father, birthing seed from stone,
the earth is parent to the seed,
this moonstone shining with a latent gleam
invisible but to a mighty eye
that reads within each seed its ancestry
back to the dawn of time, before the first seed fell
into the endless void, creating land.
The earth, the mind, and a building are structured alike.
A latent grid, invisible to all
but the most powerful eye, that web of weights
unfelt, unknown but to a mighty mind:
it is upon a grid that names alight.
Ah, this poem! It’s about names and building and magic and I don’t quite understand everything that is happening in it, but that is okay–it is about building things so they last and that is something that is very much after my heart these days. Lemberg’s voice is so precise and clear in all their work that I find myself willing to trust that I’ll end up in a better place than I was when I started. So far, I’ve never been lead astray.
- “if all of her would turn to bees”, Through the Gate, September 2012
- “Baba Yaga Tries to Donate Money”, Apex Magazine, July 2014
- “The Law of Germinating Seeds”, Goblin Fruit, Fall 2014
- “The rivers, the birchgroves, all the receding earth”, Strange Horizons, November 2014
- “Archival Testimony Fragments/Minersong“, Uncanny, December 2015