Thursday, March 29, 2018

Hydrogen and Gold

Gold is a constant. It’s like the North Star.
~Steve Forbes

Today I'm sharing part of a post from five years ago and a new found poem by Kat Apel (which is also on the Team Imperfect blog).

Starting with the old post:

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


Want more out-of-this-world poetry?

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


And now to switch gears from the stars to objects closer-to-home. Kat's found poem from the Imperfect cover reveal:


Precious scars
filling cracks
with liquid gold,
more beautiful;
broken history
displayed with pride;

imperfection golden.


My Juicy Little Universe has the Poetry Friday round-up. Thanks, Heidi!


Irene Latham said...

Imperfection golden, indeed! I'm excited to read these poems, Tab. Yay! xo

Michelle Kogan said...

What an amazing haiku "Hydrogen" is. I love Kat's found poem–it's being one with what happens. Thanks Tabatha!

Heidi Mordhorst said...

Nice juxtaposition, although I was sad to find that the Periodic Table of Haiku is no longer extant. Yes, gold is always the goal!

Diane Mayr said...

The blog is looking great, Tabatha! Will you be hosting a blog-party when the book is released? I'll bring the virtual potato chips!

Linda Mitchell said...

This is such a gorgeous post. Thank you for the links!! I can’t wait to share them with my teachers. And Kat’s Poem—-wow! What it must feel like to be healed by gold—kinda Easter like.

Brenda at FriendlyFairyTales said...

Here's a found poem from your post:


I can't wait to see the anthology! Yay! Love Kat's poem.

Catherine Flynn said...

The Periodic Table of Haiku is so clever. I love Kat's found poem. I need to be reminded often that imperfection is golden! Thank you, too, for the links. I'm looking forward to exploring them.

Michelle Heidenrich Barnes said...

I'll have to sneak that Hydrogen poem into Peter's pocket for Poem in your Pocket day! Not the first time I've shared wonderful astronomy-related poems with him that you've featured on your blog! I, too, have been not so great about commenting, T (especially on the Mistakes blog), but I've been enjoying all the quotes and tidbits, including Kat's poem!

Ruth said...

Yes, poetry is for everybody! Looking forward to another NPM!

Kay said...

I love the collision of science and poetry--the two practices do have much in common!

Anonymous said...

Oh. What a lovely surprise to pop over here and see my poem, and all these lovely comments. Though I am still very much caught up in that beautiful line - 'and the bones of stars'.

Matt Forrest Esenwine said...

It's important to consider all of our "precious scares." Congrats again on the book, Tabatha!