The Starlight SciFaiku Review, Summer 2022 (issue #2)

12 | Magnetotail by Wendy Van Camp

it’s a dry cold place
where radiation bombards
could Mars be our home

dipole at L1
a large electric circuit
artificial shield

part the solar wind
within the magnetotail
the planet would heal

just one hundred years
Mars could revive himself

Wendy Van Camp

Wendy is the Poet Laureate of the City of Anaheim, California. Her work is influenced by cutting edge technology, astronomy, and daydreams. A graduate of the Ad Astra Speculative Fiction Workshop, Wendy has won Honorable Mention at the Writers of the Future Contest, is a twice nominated finalist for the Elgin Award, and has been nominated for a Pushcart Prize and Dwarf Stars Award. Her poems have appeared in: The Starlight SciFaiku Review, Quantum Visions, The Junction, and Far Horizons. She is the poet and illustrator of The Planets: a scifaiku poetry collection and editor of the annual Eccentric Orbits: An Anthology of Science Fiction Poetry by Dimensionfold Publishing.