This week’s prompt
I love science poems. And I bet you too, even if you don’t think you like science. The subject is full of strange details and ideas that beg to be written about. Here are three recent news items that intrigued me and might be the launching pad for your science-based poem:
Alien life might have been found in old meteors: “The implications are that life is everywhere, …”
The junky interior of the International Space Station: “Clutter adorns almost every surface and is held in place by duct tape, Velcro and metal clips …”
That Antarctic ice is created from below as well as above: “… the ghostly shapes of the Gamburtsevs and the giant freeze-on “beehive” structure … .”
Even if you don’t think you are keen on science, use the stories or ideas as a metaphor for something in your own life or a made-up life. The odd mix of fact and fiction is poetry in the making. Need a little more inspiration? Here’s a poem and an interview at qarrtsiluni about “Science as Poetry.” The Discover site offers “Science Poem of the Week” (they have eight from 2006). Michelle McGrane wrote a series of “postcards” from space travel in her new book, which you can read at Pindrop Press. Have your own favorite science poem or poet? Let us know Friday, when you bring us your new poem!
How prompts work under the Big Tent
We post prompts on Mondays, and you have all week to write your poems, based on our fabulous prompt or any other inspiration. Come back on Friday when you will find a “Come One, Come All” post where you can use the comments section to 1) leave a link to your poem or 2) leave the poem in its entirety. You’ll have all day Friday (and all weekend!) to post your work and read each others’ work. Take your time. Enjoy all the poems that are new to the world.
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