Friday, August 9, 2013

Out There

NASA E/PO, Sonoma State University, Aurore Simonnet

As we know, poetry is for everybody: people in the military, police officers, people who like math, doctors, artists, presidents, suffragists, people who die, people who speak ASL, people who like Doctor Who, and, of course, people at the Division of Poetic Licensing. So it's no surprise that science-minded/astronomy types would write poems:

From The Periodic Table of Haiku:

1: Hydrogen
by David C. Kopaska-Merkel

two-thirds of water
a big part of all of us
and the bones of stars


HD179949 (for Mother’s Day)
by Greg Beatty

Shane Erno/UBC - NRC Canada

The return address I know
my whole life: my home.
Opening the envelope,
a clipping slips out.
HD 179949, I read.

read the rest here.


A SciFaiku:

on blackhole's edge
drifts me in

~Todd Hoff


* Astropoetry by children
* National Oceanic & Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) Poetry Corner
* Comet Hyakutake by Arthur Sze
* The End of Science Fiction by Lisel Mueller


The Poetry Friday round-up is at No Water River today.


Author Amok said...

Hi, Tabatha. Great theme! I have to plug Little Patuxent Review a little bit, because the issue we are reading for right now has a science theme.

Did you hear about the haiku being sent to Mars?

BJ Lee said...

Hi Tabatha! I love these "scientific" poems. I've read and loved poems by David Kopaska-Merkel before. Thanks for posting.

Liz Steinglass said...

Very cool theme. I will have to try a scifaiku. I wished I was sitting next to a chemist while I explored the periodic table haiku.

Linda B said...

Great to see these, Tabatha. You should try Laura's link. I've sent one, & some of the students at our school did in the spring-fun to think about. I love that scifaiku-fun that others are morphing the term haiku!

Tara @ A Teaching Life said...

Scifaiku .... how awesome are poets, be they the sci kind or the lit kind!

Bridget Magee said...

These are SO clever! In 1:Hydrogen, I love the line: "and the bones of stars". Wouldn't it be great if in science class the instructors used poetry to punctuate their lessons? Thanks for sharing...I love these. =)

Michelle Heidenrich Barnes said...

Wow, Tabatha. You really do come up with some of the best, and possibly the most obscure, poetry imaginable! These are truly wonderful and my astronomer husband will undoubtedly share them with his whole department!

Becky Shillington said...

These are great, Tabatha! Thanks for sharing this unique form! My boys will love these...

Mary Lee said...

Another great collection!

(Love your linky list at the beginning of the post...)

Keri said...

So much fun, all in one place! I enjoyed reading your poem about the Division of Poetic Licensing. So clever. Thanks for sharing these science poems, especially the Periodic Table of Haiku. Love it!

Matt Forrest Esenwine said...

Thanks for sharing these, Tabatha! As a lifelong fan of both poetry AND science fiction, these made my day.

Janice Scully said...

I loved the Mother's Day poem from a thoughtful son. Science is endless material for a poet.