Before she was a scientific copywriter at HDMZ, Miriam Hyman '21 spent her time at Kenyon immersed in biology and creative writing. A co-founder of the student-run science literary magazine Lyceum, where these poems first appeared, she now lives and works in Portland, OR.
In Spring of 2021, a visiting scientist attended a dinner party with four alien representatives (although, as a visitor from another planet, the scientist was the only actual alien). While the creatures ate their meals, the scientist’s own hunger was satisfied by observing the guests and recording the observations in verse. The following poems were recovered from the briefcase that the scientist left open during our own dinner together. I first shared them over Zoom with my classmates in 'Animal Minds,' which was taught remotely that spring by Geetha Iyer. The poems were later published in Lyceum, Kenyon’s science literary magazine co-founded by yours truly. I hope that despite the peculiar perspective, you are able to identify a few of your fellow aliens.
- Miriam Hyman '21