What better way to close out National Poetry Month than joining three fellow poets and an astrophysicist to write poems inspired by the Hubble Space Telescope?
Okay, maybe that’s not everyone’s idea of a bangin’ good time, but this poet is all about it.
To recognize the Hubble Space Telescope’s 25th year in orbit, the North Carolina Museum of Natural Sciences brought in a bona fide Hubble Fellow from NC State University to speak at their regular Science Cafe series.
And they invited poets to listen and write a poem inspired by the talk.
This was a different mix of pressure than the poetry-on-demand writing I’ve done in the past (and which always makes me a little panicky).
On one hand, we had more than the customary 3 minutes to write and more than a single word to work with. On the other, rather than sharing with only one or two people, we read our poems on stage to a cafe packed with science and space enthusiasts.
A fine way, I’d say, to wave goodbye to a month I’ve spend working with found poetry and turn my attention back to what I’d call real writing.