Okay, I'm a little belated with the felicitations, but Monday (July 2) was UFO Day, which is celebrated worldwide. UFO Day marks the date in 1947 when a flying saucer crashed in Roswell, New Mexico. This year is the 60th anniversary of that galactically important event! But don't fear - the real party begins today:
"From July 5 to 8, more than 50,000 people are expected to attend the New Mexico city's annual Amazing Roswell UFO Festival. Speakers include Chase Masterson of Star Trek: Deep Space Nine and Dean Haglund of The X Files."
And if you don't think this is serious stuff, the Academy of American Poets begs to differ. They've published an essay for the occasion, entitled "Poems About Aliens," and they offer related poems by Robert Hayden ("[American Journal]"), Denis Johnson ("The White Fires of Venus"), Stanley Kunitz ("The Abduction"), and Greg Delanty ("The Alien").
I particulary enjoyed Hayden's poem, which looks at America and the planet through the eyes of an alien.
"america as much a problem in metaphysics as it is a nation"
Live long and prosper!