A collaborative haiku — “Star Stuff”

Congratulations, J.A. Grier!  Your 7-7 lines were selected as the winning entry in the “Star Stuff” collaborative haiku contest.  Here it is: the final poem!

Star Stuff
by Christine Rueter and J.A. Grier

The “star stuff”* in me
is in you, too, eddying
with lighter atoms.
Big Bang hydrogen, super
nova iron, fire our blood.

A very big thank you to our 2 judges–Francis Reddy and Tony Berendsen–for their time and efforts!

Francis Reddy is a science writer on contract to the Astrophysics Science Division at NASA’s Goddard Space Flight Center in Greenbelt, Md. He is also the author of Celestial Delights: The Best Astronomical Events through 2020, which was published in 2012 by Springer.

Tony Berendsen is a Star Guide, Poet, and owner of Tahoe Star Tours. He uses Astro-Poetry to help people understand the starry skies, and our place in the Cosmos.


The contest rules (retained for sentimental value):

Renga is a form of collaborative haiku with a 5-7-5-7-7 syllable structure. A single writer initiates the poem with the first 5-7-5 stanza and welcomes other writers to provide the 7-7 stanza. For fun, I wanted to initiate an astro-renga in honor of Global Astronomy Month 2012 (GAM2012) and National Poetry Writing Month (NaPoWriMo) and invite anyone who wants to participate to do so.

Anyone can submit the 7-7 lines! For the sake of all renga participants, please include your lines as comments to this post so that others can see what has been submitted. I will “close” the renga to submissions at 5 pm EDT on May 4, 2012. I have two independent judges lined up to pick their favorite from the submissions. The final renga will be published on this blog and the submitter given co-credit with me in the by-line.

If there is enough enthusiasm for this renga process, I’m happy to start another renga and potentially alter the format to allow for a multiple stanza renga.

Look forward to reading your 7-7 lines!

*As Carl Sagan famously said, “we are made of ‘star stuff’.”


  1. Deb said:

    Beyond the Enterprise and Kirk
    Instead, hope, Discovery

  2. Anonymous said:

    The birth of a universe,
    The death of stars, you and I.

  3. John Hartley said:

    Dark matter, mysterious
    Or maybe, not there at all

  4. Christyl Everleigh said:

    On a cosmic loom, winking
    A tapestry of linked lights.

  5. Dan Zelinski said:

    Continuous interplay:
    you and I – the universe.

  6. I guess that makes all of us
    cosmic brothers and sisters.

    Above two lines are from Robert Eklund – Editor of Astropoetry Blog at Astronomers Without Borders.

    Thanks for this beautiful effort!

    Thilina Heenatigala
    (Coordinator GAM2012)

  7. Andy Rivkin said:

    our differences are skin deep,
    similarities primal.

  8. Devlin said:

    We are among the patterns
    Atomic constellations

  9. Oh wow! I’m honored. So many really interesting entries, too. All these different takes on the first lines, both in content and style. It’s a great idea to get people interested both in astronomy and in poetry. 🙂
    One Writer’s Mind

  10. Anonymous said:

    Excellent choice by the judges.

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