Last Thursday, Living Poetry organized another evening of science through the lens of poetry for the NC Museum of Natural Sciences. The first event occurred in January and I posted about how the idea was born on the DRX bus ride from Durham to Raleigh.
Given my lessons learned from the first event, I decided to organize the second time around a little differently:
- Broadened the “Call for Poems”: The first time was a LP members only event so this time I posted the call for science-related poems to NC Writer’s Network and the NC Poetry Society. Two of the poets selected learned about the event from these sources.
- Let the poets explain the connection to science: Adding this requirement to the submission helped me select a range of science topics, which (as I learned from last time) is what the museum folks like. This time the poems covered cancer, cicadas, matter/anti-matter, thermodynamics, and Nikola Tesla.
- Relished in my organizer role: Last time, I organized the event and read a poem, which meant I couldn’t relax or take pictures. This time I made a conscious decision not to submit. My work for the evening ended once the recording started. I was able to eat, drink wine, ask questions, and enjoy the poetry. Definitely doing that again.
- Anna Weaver
- Claudette Cohen
- Angie Kirby
- Cherryl Cooley
- Lisa Zerkle