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Astropoetica 10.1: Summer 2012

Saturday, July 21st, 2012

Astropoetica 10.1: Summer 2012I am pleased to announce the return of Astropoetica: Mapping the Stars through Poetry. The summer issue is now up, featuring:

Astropoetica 9.2: Summer, 2011

Monday, July 18th, 2011

Astropoetica 9.2: Summer, 2011Astropoetica is pleased to announce the launch of its summer issue, featuring:

Astropoetica 9.1: Winter 2011

Thursday, February 17th, 2011

Astropoetica 9.1: Winter 2011Astropoetica: Mapping the Stars through Poetry is pleased to announce the launch of its winter issue, featuring:

Astropoetica 8.1: Spring 2010

Monday, April 26th, 2010

Astropoetica 8.1: Spring 10Astropoetica: Mapping the Stars through Poetry celebrates Global Astronomy Month with the launch of its spring issue, featuring:

Astropoetica 7.3: Fall 2009

Friday, December 4th, 2009

Astropoetica 7.3: Fall 2009Astropoetica: Mapping the Stars through Poetry celebrates the International Year of Astronomy with the release of its fall issue, featuring:

This issue is dedicated to the memory of Steliana Gheorghe, mother of longtime Astropoetica contributor Andrei Dorian Gheorghe. She was a dear friend of astropoetry and left us much too soon.

The Doors of the Body

Tuesday, October 20th, 2009

One of my poetry professors often urged us to enjoy a leisurely après-midi de poésie, to step away from our own manuscripts and read, read, read what our contemporaries were publishing. As a student, I found it easy to take this advice, to curl up in the library for hours with a stack of journals, to scribble down thoughts and impressions, to breathe it all in. Inspired, provoked, or bored, I found it all so instructive and rejuvenating.

Of course, now, with so many demands and a gravity-defying toddler in the mix, I find it harder and harder to carve out those quiet afternoons of poetry. Working on Astropoetica is still rewarding and exciting, but it is structured, subject-specific reading, and the process of accepting and rejecting can hardly be described as leisurely. Now more than I ever I find those stolen hours for pure pleasure reading more and more precious.

Most recently I have been delighting in Mary Alexander Agner’s new collection, The Doors of the Body (Mayapple Press, ISBN 978-0932412-799). I admit upfront I am more fangirl than reviewer, so forgive me if I gush. Agner is deft of craft and fierce in voice. In The Doors of the Body, she gives fangs and heat and agency to the women of myth and fairy tale. A few of the included poems can be sampled on online, such as “Wear the Lighting” in Goblin Fruit, and “Sleeping Beauty” in Strange Horizons. Such delicious work! Check it out!

I have had the great joy of publishing Agner’s work in previous issues of Astropoetica, and two of her poems will be appearing in our next. I hope she can be persuaded someday to release a chapbook of her science-based poetry, because it too is absolutely divine.

One Man’s Cannibalism

Friday, September 11th, 2009

I enjoyed the AP story “No Strain for Andromeda: Galaxy Is Cosmic Cannibal” about M31’s savage treatment of dwarf galaxies unfortunate enough to cross its path. If you have access to Nature you can read the nitty gritty here; otherwise, I recommend a peek at the Pan-Andromeda Archaeological Survey’s images and a trip to Astropoetica’s archives to read Greg Beatty’s fabulous “One Man’s Cannibalism.

Astropoetica 7.2: Summer 2009

Tuesday, August 18th, 2009

Astropoetica 7.2: Summer 2009Astropoetica: Mapping the Stars through Poetry is pleased to announce the launch of its summer issue, featuring:

Happy Moon Day!

Monday, July 20th, 2009

Image Credit: NASA

Image Credit: NASA

In celebration of the 40th anniversary of the Apollo 11 mission, Astropoetica invites you to enjoy these lunar gems from our past issues:

More poems about the moon can be found in our archives.

Astronomical Poetry for Mother’s Day

Sunday, May 10th, 2009

In honor of Mother’s Day, I would like to share Greg Beatty’s poem HD179949 (for Mother’s Day) from Astropoetica’s Spring 2006 issue.

I love you, Mom.