Sunday, May 2, 2010

How Poets Are Like Astronauts

This happy astronaut-poet was recently caught smiling on Sunset Boulevard in the Silver Lake neighborhood of L.A. If I would hazard a guess, I'd say it was because he discovered a great pupuseria.


How poets are like astronauts:


--We live among the stars.
--We're in our own orbit.
--We're likely to experience weightlessness on the job.
--We're always in search of the uni-verse that seems just beyond reach.
--A poet would go to an observatory to "observe-a-story," and an astronaut would measure a poem's meter in meters.

This friendly astronaut-poet, part of Micheltorena Street School's Reach! mural designed by Kiki Giet, waves to passerby on Sunset Boulevard in Silver Lake. She's known to stuff sonnets in her bonnet.
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--When riding, astronauts know that planets move onward in elliptical orbits.
--When writing, poets know to plan it (move one word) in elliptical obits.
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Ellipse,
Ellipsis,
My lips slipsis...
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Onward ho, fellow astronaut-poets!!

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