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poem at Astropoetica
Posted: Sat Jun 09, 2007 8:56 am
My poem "Tharsis Lil" is up at
I am very impressed with Astropoetica,
especially with editor Emily Gaskin's
talent for finding the perfect photo
for each poem.
My favorite of the bunch is "Snowball's Chance".
Posted: Sat Jun 09, 2007 9:04 am
Dear Mary Jo, welcome and congratulations! I loved your poem, especially the image of the volcano as sturdy and capable (a zaftige Weib of sorts!).
I browsed a bit and I agree with you that Astropoetica is impressive. There is something very poignant in the juxtaposition of poetry with space images..
Posted: Sat Jun 09, 2007 9:18 am
Thank you for the much appreciated kind words!
Posted: Sat Jun 09, 2007 10:04 pm
Welcome, Mary Jo, and thanks for sharing your poem with us.
I, too, found the imagery's combination of power and elegance particularly beautiful. Congratulations!
Posted: Sun Jun 10, 2007 12:09 am
Posted: Mon Jun 11, 2007 10:55 pm
Dear Mary Jo! I, for one, am delighted to welcome you to the eclectic, talented and extremely creative group that inhabits this site. I am one of those who read, admire and enjoy the postings presented. Whenever possible, I will comment if not too scientifically involved.
As with all of the other contributors, my eyes and mind have been wonderfully stimulated. Here, with your excellent poem, I am again enlightened.
My knowledge of the topographical makeup of the Martian surface was woefully neglected before you gave us "Tharsis Lil". I quickly did some research and came away with a mini summary that made your poem all the more meaningful.
Personification is one of my favorite figures of speech and it brought this inanimate mountain of magma to life and gave her age, emotion, stature and humor.
I thoroughly enjoyed how you put eons of existence into 3 stanzas with equal parts of wallop and whimsy.
Again, welcome and thanks for sharing!
Posted: Tue Jun 12, 2007 12:52 am
Thank you also for the kind words! I have gotten feedback complaining
that the poem is inaccessible to those not interested in astronomy.
You can't please everyone.
Re: Tharsis Lil
Posted: Tue Jun 12, 2007 3:21 pm
maryjorabe wrote:I have gotten feedback complaining that the poem is inaccessible to those not interested in astronomy.
Not a valid complaint: the poem is transparent, it lays out its references even for the non-astronomically inclined. I wish people weren't so lazy!