Monday, January 31, 2011

Science Poems for January 2011: Index (Chapbook forthcoming!)

Last April I posted a science sonnet a day in celebration of National Poetry Month (index with links here). This month I posted a science poem a day, written in various traditional forms, in honor of Science Online 2011.

The "fifth annual international meeting on Science and the Web" ran from Jan. 13-16. Click on the logo below to access the conference page, which has links to posts, tweets, photos, and videos from the event.

As with the sonnets, my January poems took their cues from science-based articles. I also have two works in a special science poem section (vol. 33 #5/6) of Star*Line, journal of the Science Fiction Poetry Association. You can read my "Ciliate Sestina" here.

Two sonnets from last April's collection, "In Development" and "Manipulations," will appear in Open Laboratory 2010. Click on the badge below for links to the 50 essays, 6 poems, and 1 cartoon in the collection.

(Click here to see Andrea Kuszewski's gorgeous cover!)

This index contains links to the individual poems, the articles that inspired them, and descriptions of the different poetic forms.

Date: January 1, 2011
Poem: "Chronesthesia"
Source Article: "Scientists find evidence for 'chronesthesia,' or mental time travel" (PhysOrg, Dec. 22, 2010)
Poetic Form: Sestina, with 14-syllable lines

Date: January 2, 2011
Poem: "Ancestor Points the Way"
Source Article: "Genome of Mystery Human Relative Revealed by 30,000 Year-Old Fossil" (The Daily Galaxy, December 23, 2010)
Poetic Form: Abecedarian

Date: January 3, 2011
Poem: "Perihelion"
Source Article: "Perihelion 2011" (Steve Owens, Dark Sky Diary, Jan. 1, 2011)
Poetic Form: Interlocking Rubáiyát

Date: January 4, 2011
Poem: "Partial Solar Eclipse"
Source Article: "Partial eclipse this New Year" (The Telegraph, Jan. 1, 2011)
Poetic Form: Cinquain

Date: January 5, 2011
Poem: "Neurospora Lullaby"
Source Article: "Jet Lag Uncovered by Mold" (Science Daily, Dec. 29, 2010)
Poetic Form: Terza Rima

Date: January 6, 2011
Poem: "Steps Ahead of the Dunes"
Source Article: "Did Early Humans Migrate Across a Watery, Green Sahara?" (Jennifer Welsh, Discover Blogs, Dec. 30, 2010)
Poetic Form: Etheree

Date: January 7, 2011
Poem: "Tiny Captains"
Source Articles: "Young'uns adrift on the sea" (Susan Milius, Science News, Jan. 15, 2011 issue) based on "Coral Larvae Move toward Reef Sounds" (Mark J. A. Vermeij et al., PLoS ONE, May 14, 2010)
Poetic Form: Sapphic

Date: January 8, 2011
Poem: "The Ballad of Big Bug Ranch"
Source Article: "An Exploration on Greenhouse Gas and Ammonia Production by Insect Species Suitable for Animal or Human Consumption" (Dennis G. A. B. Oonincx et al., PLoS ONE, Dec. 29, 2010)
Poetic Form: Ballad stanzas

Date: January 9, 2011
Poem: "The Ascent of Descendants"
Source Article: "Not So Bird-Brained: 3D X-Rays Piece Together the Evolution of Flight from Fossils" (Science Daily, Jan. 3, 2011)
Poetic Form: Villanelle

Date: January 10, 2011
Poem: "Beneath the Bottom of the World"
Source Articles: "Russians Will Be First To Explore Untouched Antarctic Lake Vostok, In Hunt For Weird Life Forms" (Rebecca Boyle, PopSci, Jan. 7, 2011) and "Mysteries of Lake Vostok on brink of discovery" (Olivier Dessibourg, New Scientist, Jan. 2011)
Poetic Form: Pantoum

Date: January 11, 2011
Poem: "Dressed For Success"
Source Article: "Male and female butterflies 'take turns courting'" (Ella Davies, BBC Earth News, Jan. 6, 2011)
Poetic Form: Rhymed Quatrains

Date: January 12, 2011
Poem: "Counting Schools"
Source Article: "Fish as Good as College Students in Numbers Test" (Matt Kaplan, National Geographic News, Jan. 7, 2011)
Poetic Form: Double Acrostic Verse (first and last letters of the lines)

Date: January 13, 2011
Poem: "Tone Poem"
Source Article: "Favourite music evokes same feelings as good food or drugs" (Alok Jha, UK Guardian, Jan. 9, 2011)
Poetic Form: Rondeau

Date: January 14, 2011
Poem: "How's That Again?"
Source Article: "How to hear above the cocktail party din" (Alexandra Witze, Science News, Jan. 3, 2011)
Poetic Form: Triolet sequence

Date: January 15, 2011
Poem: "Two Toasts/Seeing Double"
Source Articles: "Chemical Analysis Confirms Discovery of Oldest Wine-Making Equipment Ever Found" (Science Daily, Jan. 12, 2011); and "Drunk scientists pour wine on superconductors and make an incredible discovery" (Esther Inglis-Arkell, io9, Jan. 12, 2011)
Poetic Form: Double Rispetto (var. of Strambotto), using Phalaecian hendecasyllables

Date: January 16, 2011
Poem: (Untitled)
Source Article: "With specialist pollinator absent, Himalayan gingers must adapt" (Science at the Smithsonian, Jan. 13, 2011)
Poetic Form: Korean Sijo

Date: January 17, 2011
Poem: "On The Threshold (after Martin Luther King, Jr.")
Source Articles: "Jan. 15, 1929: Birth of a Moral Compass, Even for Science" (Tony Long, Wired, Jan. 15, 2011) and "The Quest for Peace and Justice" (Martin Luther King, Jr., Nobel Lecture, December 11, 1964)
Poetic Form: Blank Verse

Date: January 18, 2011
Poem: "Paramecium at the Video Arcade"
Source Article: "Stanford Researchers Develop Video Games That Let You Interact With Microorganisms" (MedGadget, Jan. 14, 2011)
Poetic Form: Minute

Date: January 19, 2011
Poem: "Grand Raiment"
Source Article: "Weekend Featured Image: Massive New Supernova Shrouded in Shell of Gas & Dust" (The Daily Galaxy, Jan. 16, 2011)
Poetic Form: Pirouette

Date: January 20, 2011
Poem: "Sound Lines"
Source Article: "European beavers construct ideal habitats for bats" (BBC Earth News, Jan. 17, 2011)
Poetic Form: Ronsardian Ode

Date: January 21, 2011
Poem: "Mirror, Fading"
Source Article: "Thaw of Earth's icy sunshade may stoke warming" (Alister Doyle, Scientific American, Jan. 16, 2011)
Poetic Form: Ghazal

Date: January 22, 2011
Poem: "This Poem Will Amusia"
Source Article: "The Neuroscience of Tone Deafness" (Kevin Mitchell, Scientific American, Jan. 18, 2011)
Poetic Form: Cowleyan Ode

Date: January 23, 2011
Poem: "Spore Richard's Almanack"
Source Article: "An Amoeba Is More Fiscally Responsible than Most Americans" (Sharon Neufeldt, I Can Has Science?, Jan. 21, 2011)
Poetic Form: Kyrielle variant

Date: January 24, 2011
Poem: "Beaming Up (with a nod toward Geoffrey A. Landis.)"
Source Article: "Laser Propulsion Could Beam Rockets into Space" (Prachi Patel, Astrobiology Magazine, Jan. 21, 2011)
Poetic Form: Rhupunt

Date: January 25, 2011
Poem: "Passion's Strategy"
Source Article: "Friday Weird Science: The Magnificent Mammal Menage a Trois" (Scicurious, Neurotic Physiology, Jan. 21, 2011)
Poetic Form: Haibun

Date: January 26, 2011
Poem: "Second Sight"
Source Article: "Quantum states last longer in birds' eyes " (Rachel Courtland, New Scientist, Jan. 20, 2011)
Poetic Form: Italian Sestets

Date: January 27, 2011
Poem: "The High Road"
Source Article: "Success! Why Expectations Beat Fantasies" (Jeremy Dean, PsyBlog, Jan. 20, 2011)
Poetic Form: Vietnamese Luc Bat

Date: January 28, 2011
Poem: "Scent and Sensibility"
Source Article: "Scanning salmon smelling streams" (Zen Faulkes, NeuroDojo, Jan. 24, 2011)
Poetic Form: French Ballade

Date: January 29, 2011
Poem: "Balancing Act"
Source Article: "Mathematical Model Could Help Predict and Prevent Future Extinctions" (National Science Foundation, Jan. 25, 2011)
Poetic Form: English Quintains

Date: January 30, 2011
Poem: "The Human Variome Project"
Source Article: "China spurs quest for human variome" (David Cyranoski, Nature News, Jan. 25, 2011) and the Human Variome Project
Poetic Form: in the spirit of Hsiao-Fu

Date: January 31, 2011
Poem: "The Fires of Vinovium"
Source Article: "Stanford archaeologist shows how the Romans made pottery in Britain" (Cynthia Haven, Stanford Report, Jan. 20, 2011
Poetic Form: Rannaicheacht Ghairid (ron-a'yach cha'r-rid)

Thanks to Daniella Martin (Girl Meets Bug), An Inordinate Fondness #12 (hosted by Bug Girl), and Prof. Zen Faulkes for the shout-outs and poem citations -- and to P.F. Anderson, Thebeautybrains, Ellen Byrne, Dawn A Crawford, Karin Fornazier, Vida Jaugelis, Raima Larter, Joanne Manster, Susanna Speier, Karyn Traphagen, Bora Zivkovic, Anton Zuiker, the Citrus County (FL) NaNoWriMo Group, and The Way We Write for all the retweets! (I think that's everyone -- let me know if I've missed you!)

As with the science sonnets, I will compile this month's poems into a chapbook. I've done the cover design:

Cover components to the right include shots of a nearby retention pond and our gyroscope.

I will add some commentary on the different poetic forms. Meanwhile, the sonnets chapbook may be ordered by e-mailing me via my website.

The cover combines my shots of an African iris and a portion of the full moon reddened by Georgia wildfires in May 2007.

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