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On the radio show "Science Friday" on Sept. 13, 2013, Voyager Chief Scientist, Ed Stone, explained that Voyager was moving into the "sea between the stars."  I borrowed that line for this poem fragment.  This work includes clipped text from Charles Hutton's 1815 "A Philosophical and Mathematical Dictionary" which I pasted onto a canvas.

On the radio show “Science Friday” on Sept. 13, 2013, Voyager Chief Scientist, Ed Stone, explained that Voyager was moving into the “sea between the stars.” I borrowed that line for this poem fragment. This work includes clipped text from Charles Hutton’s 1815 “A Philosophical and Mathematical Dictionary” which I pasted onto a canvas.

The Golden Record, launched on Voyagers 1 and 2 in 1977.  Image credit: Credit NASA/JPL/Caltech.

The Golden Record, launched on Voyagers 1 and 2 in 1977. Image credit: Credit NASA/JPL/Caltech.

In summary,
we’re sending you this record

because here on Earth

we sing
we greet each other
we marvel

at an X-rayed hand
beside the “Rite of Spring”
and strands of DNA
unraveling

pieces of ourselves
assembled
just once

for you

believe us
as you listen

we love
down to the smallest
groove.

This Voyager 1 image of Jupiter’s red spot was taken March 5, 1979. Image credit: NASA/JPL

I am trying to read
this fluid story
left-to-right
as I have been taught

to read for meaning

but the serifed
letters flatten
and bend
in the conflict

until they signify
nothing

consumed
by negative space
and storms

unyielding editors
relaxing
the kerning
and the intent
until the text
disappears.