“The Silver Butterfly”–a novel by Mrs. Woodrow Wilson (1908)–redacted into a poem about butterfly ejecta patterns on the Moon. The Lunar Reconnaisance Orbiter image at right is of a small crater in Palitzsch B. Image credit: NASA/GSFC/Arizona State University.
In memory of the crew of STS-51-L, lost January 28, 1986. This redacted poem borrows two columns of text: at left, Walt Whitman’s “To the Man-of-War Bird” and at right Algernon Charles Swinburne’s “A Ballade of Dreamland.”
A medical article–“Mr. Duffin on Squinting”–redacted into a poem. This article appeared in the journal “The Lancet” in 1840. The sun engraving at right is in the public domain; I am still tracking down the artist’s name and will provide attribution.
From “The Sidereal Messenger,” the English translation of Galileo Galilei’s “Sidereus Nuncius,” published in 1610. The partial frame at top and bottom are Galileo’s observations of Jupiter and moons on January 22 and January 24, 1610.
Picture of a river on Titan (one of Saturn’s moons). Image credit: NASA/JPL-Caltech/ASI. “The Silent River” title comes from Robert Sullivan’s 1824 dramatic poem of the same name. The poem fragments come from the poem “Winter in Six Sonnets” by Delta, published in the journal “Time’s Telescope” in January 1828.
New poem celebrating the anniversary of William Herschel’s Jan. 11, 1787 discovery of the moons of Uranus–Titania and Oberon. This piece unites images from a 19th century engraving of Oberon and Titania from Cassell and Company, Ltd and a Voyager 2 picture of Titania the moon (photo credit: NASA, Voyager 2, Calvin J. Hamilton). The text is borrowed from G. Hill’s “Titania’s Banquet, a Mask” (1839) and Arthur Shearly Cripps’ “Titania and Other Poems” (1900).