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March 31st, 2012

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11:41 am - Planetarium
Adrienne Rich died this week. Here is her poem Planetarium about Caroline Herschel, the 18th century astronomer.

every impulse of light exploding

from the core
as life flies out of us
Tycho whispering at last
‘Let me not seem to have lived in vain’
What we see, we see
and seeing is changing

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Date:March 31st, 2012 08:11 pm (UTC)
Thank you. That is a wonderful poem.

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Date:April 1st, 2012 07:00 am (UTC)
It's so good isn't it? I haven't read Adrienne Rich for years and it's a shame that it's only when someone dies that I go back to their work and realise what I've been missing.
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Date:April 1st, 2012 08:39 am (UTC)
I was thinking exactly that. Thank you for link. It's a great poem, especially as one of my upcoming reading group books is Variable Stars by Christina Koning, all about Caroline Herschel.
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Date:April 16th, 2012 09:49 pm (UTC)
Thank you for posting this. I was sorry to read of Adrienne Rich's death.

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