Dark Matter is a blog for speculative literature. Dark Matter refers to the unknown particles suggested by the Standard Model to explain observations of gravity which cannot be accounted for by observable matter and energy. It could also be considered a reference to the thoughts and ideas that ferment inside a human brain before they emerge through spoken or written words. The title was chosen to reflect the emphasis of the unknown in both scientific inquiry and creative writing. Modern science provides new opportunities for natural metaphor to search for and create meaning in all areas of human thought and endeavor. Dark Matter will use cosmological, evolutionary, quantum mechanical and traditional natural metaphor to elicit literary thought and infuse modern ideas into poetry and prose.
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Dark Matter is a blog for literary speculative fiction. Speculative literature is about searching for meaning through the use of natural metaphor. It explores the natural world for new ways to create meaning from nothingness. It is a quantum Tao, a way of knowing that relies on no dogma or creed. It forms the quantum connection between human knowledge and the nature of the universe.
Dark Matter is an online journal for poetry, flash-fiction, essays, and musings about natural metaphor in all of its manifestations. Traditional natural metaphor comes from an appreciation of landscapes, ecology, and our connection to the world we see, hear, smell and touch. Modern science, however, has reached far beyond this traditional well of wisdom. Quantum mechanics, cosmology, evolution, relativity, string theory, and many other new discoveries and ideas, have opened up vast new areas for natural metaphor.
Dark Matter is a project of the Natural Science Department at the University of Houston - Downtown. The editors of Dark Matter will be faculty and students from both the Natural Science Department and the English Department at UHD. We are looking for fresh ideas and new ways of looking at the natural world for meaning and enlightenment. If you are interested in contributing to Dark Matter, send us an e-mail, or check out the submission guidelines. We look forward to publishing the best speculative literature on the web!
"And this, our life, exempt from public haunt, finds tongues in trees, books in the running brooks, sermons in stones, and good in everything."