I’m a recovering poet; I stopped writing after a creative writing masters program many years ago, and I’m slowly getting back into the saddle. I loved writing poetry, but with the grad school burnout and competing priorities I wouldn’t invest the time to write because I couldn’t find anything important enough to write about.
A few years ago, I visited the University of Maryland observatory for a public lecture and viewing night on a whim and saw Saturn through a telescope. I was completely blown away by the fact that I was seeing an edge-on Saturn exactly as Galileo did 400 years ago. Over time and numerous return visits to the observatory, my childhood love of astronomy was rekindled. I’ve found that the universe is ripe subject matter for poetry. We all live in it and experience it. We’ve all had moments of the sublime looking up at the full moon or watching a rocket launch or seeing footage of Saturn from Cassini.
The primary focus of this blog is astropoetry, but I will include other items of interest for poets and amateur astronomers. Thanks so much for reading, and I welcome your comments.