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Poetry Scope: Another Success!


dp-globeLast 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.

The result of these changes was another successful event! Here is the video of the livestream and photos of the poets:

  • Anna Weaver
  • Claudette Cohen
  • Angie Kirby
  • Cherryl Cooley
  • Lisa Zerkle


Author: poetsdoublelife

Poet and strategy/data guru living in Massachusetts.

7 thoughts on “Poetry Scope: Another Success!

  1. I was so sad to miss this! I had double-booked a square dance benefit for the same time, however, Ramsay has been super sick and had been vomiting all last week so I was home with him every night. (Except when I saw you for the poetrySPARK meeting of course!) Glad there’s the video of it. 🙂 Looking forward to being present at a future one!

  2. had a little time to look at video. Of course, couldn’t watch it fully but I did get to see and hear that awesome Pamela Taylor. And you looked so great! Love that outfit look.

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