Janet Kuypers’ “Journey” poetry feature 3/28/15, with poetry about her mother

the 3/28/15 Janet Kuypers show “Journey” (with John playing guitar) at Sisters on a Journey in Hyde Park in Chicago (filmed with a Canon fs200 video camera), of 14 poem readings about her mother


the 3/28/15 Janet Kuypers show “Journey” (with John playing guitar) at Sisters on a Journey in Hyde Park in Chicago (filmed with a Canon Power Shot video camera), of 14 poem readings about her mother


See YouTube video of the poem reading by Janet Kuypers of cry for me (with John playing guitar) in her 3/28/15 show “Journey” at Sisters on a Journey in Hyde Park in Chicago (filmed with a Canon fs200 video camera)


See YouTube video of the poem reading by Janet Kuypers of cry for me (with John playing guitar) in her 3/28/15 show “Journey” at Sisters on a Journey in Hyde Park in Chicago (filmed with a Canon Power Shot video camera)


See YouTube video of the poem reading by Janet Kuypers of Story Telling (part one) (a portion of her 2006 poem Story Telling, with John playing guitar) in her 3/28/15 show “Journey” at Sisters on a Journey in Hyde Park in Chicago (filmed with a Canon fs200 video camera)


See YouTube video of the poem reading by Janet Kuypers of Story Telling (part one) (a portion of her 2006 poem Story Telling, with John playing guitar) in her 3/28/15 show “Journey” at Sisters on a Journey in Hyde Park in Chicago (filmed with a Canon Power Shot video camera)


See YouTube video of the poem reading by Janet Kuypers of It Hurts in the Bones (2015 edit) (with John playing guitar) in her 3/28/15 show “Journey” at Sisters on a Journey in Hyde Park in Chicago (filmed with a Canon fs200 video camera)


See YouTube video of the poem reading by Janet Kuypers of It Hurts in the Bones (2015 edit) (with John playing guitar) in her 3/28/15 show “Journey” at Sisters on a Journey in Hyde Park in Chicago (filmed with a Canon Power Shot video camera)


See YouTube video of the poem reading by Janet Kuypers of Your Soul is Shaking (with John playing guitar) in her 3/28/15 show “Journey” at Sisters on a Journey in Hyde Park in Chicago (filmed with a Canon fs200 video camera)


See YouTube video of the poem reading by Janet Kuypers of Your Soul is Shaking (with John playing guitar) in her 3/28/15 show “Journey” at Sisters on a Journey in Hyde Park in Chicago (filmed with a Canon Power Shot video camera)

See YouTube video of the poem reading by Janet Kuypers of Listening to the Cancer Ads (with John playing guitar) in her 3/28/15 show “Journey” at Sisters on a Journey in Hyde Park in Chicago (filmed with a Canon fs200 video camera)


See YouTube video of the poem reading by Janet Kuypers of Listening to the Cancer Ads (with John playing guitar) in her 3/28/15 show “Journey” at Sisters on a Journey in Hyde Park in Chicago (filmed with a Canon Power Shot video camera)


See YouTube video of the poem reading by Janet Kuypers of Reduced To Now (an edit of her 2006 poem This Is What It’s Reduced To Now, with John playing guitar) in her 3/28/15 show “Journey” at Sisters on a Journey in Hyde Park in Chicago (filmed with a Canon fs200 video camera)


See YouTube video of the poem reading by Janet Kuypers of Reduced To Now (an edit of her 2006 poem This Is What It’s Reduced To Now, with John playing guitar) in her 3/28/15 show “Journey” at Sisters on a Journey in Hyde Park in Chicago (filmed with a Canon Power Shot video camera)


See YouTube video of the poem reading by Janet Kuypers of final rally (2015 edit) (an edit of her 2006 poem Final Rally, with John playing guitar) in her 3/28/15 show “Journey” at Sisters on a Journey in Hyde Park in Chicago (filmed with a Canon fs200 video camera)


See YouTube video of the poem reading by Janet Kuypers of final rally (2015 edit) (an edit of her 2006 poem Final Rally, with John playing guitar) in her 3/28/15 show “Journey” at Sisters on a Journey in Hyde Park in Chicago (filmed with a Canon Power Shot video camera)

See YouTube video of the poem reading by Janet Kuypers of Seven Ten, Seven Twenty (with John playing guitar) in her 3/28/15 show “Journey” at Sisters on a Journey in Hyde Park in Chicago (filmed with a Canon fs200 video camera)


See YouTube video of the poem reading by Janet Kuypers of Seven Ten, Seven Twenty (with John playing guitar) in her 3/28/15 show “Journey” at Sisters on a Journey in Hyde Park in Chicago (filmed with a Canon Power Shot video camera)


See YouTube video of the poem reading by Janet Kuypers of the Messenger (2015 edit) (an edit of her 2006 poem The Messenger, with John playing guitar) in her 3/28/15 show “Journey” at Sisters on a Journey in Hyde Park in Chicago (filmed with a Canon fs200 video camera)


See YouTube video of the poem reading by Janet Kuypers of the Messenger (2015 edit) (an edit of her 2006 poem The Messenger, with John playing guitar) in her 3/28/15 show “Journey” at Sisters on a Journey in Hyde Park in Chicago (filmed with a Canon Power Shot video camera)


See YouTube video of the poem reading by Janet Kuypers of Knelt and Cried (with John playing guitar) in her 3/28/15 show “Journey” at Sisters on a Journey in Hyde Park in Chicago (filmed with a Canon fs200 video camera)


See YouTube video of the poem reading by Janet Kuypers of Knelt and Cried (with John playing guitar) in her 3/28/15 show “Journey” at Sisters on a Journey in Hyde Park in Chicago (filmed with a Canon Power Shot video camera)


See YouTube video of the poem reading by Janet Kuypers of A Little Angel Inside (with John playing guitar) in her 3/28/15 show “Journey” at Sisters on a Journey in Hyde Park in Chicago (filmed with a Canon fs200 video camera)


See YouTube video of the poem reading by Janet Kuypers of A Little Angel Inside (with John playing guitar) in her 3/28/15 show “Journey” at Sisters on a Journey in Hyde Park in Chicago (filmed with a Canon Power Shot video camera)


See YouTube video of the poem reading by Janet Kuypers of Story Telling (the end) (the end of her 2006 poem Story Telling, with John playing guitar) in her 3/28/15 show “Journey” at Sisters on a Journey in Hyde Park in Chicago (filmed with a Canon fs200 video camera)


See YouTube video of the poem reading by Janet Kuypers of Story Telling (the end) (the end of her 2006 poem Story Telling, with John playing guitar) in her 3/28/15 show “Journey” at Sisters on a Journey in Hyde Park in Chicago (filmed with a Canon Power Shot video camera)


See YouTube video of the poem reading by Janet Kuypers of extinct on planet earth (with John playing guitar) in her 3/28/15 show “Journey” at Sisters on a Journey in Hyde Park in Chicago (filmed with a Canon fs200 video camera)

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See YouTube video of the poem reading by Janet Kuypers of extinct on planet earth (with John playing guitar) in her 3/28/15 show “Journey” at Sisters on a Journey in Hyde Park in Chicago (filmed with a Canon Power Shot video camera)


See YouTube video of the poem reading by Janet Kuypers of old school and high-tech monuments (with John playing guitar) in her 3/28/15 show “Journey” at Sisters on a Journey in Hyde Park in Chicago (filmed with a Canon fs200 video camera)


See YouTube video of the poem reading by Janet Kuypers of old school and high-tech monuments (with John playing guitar) in her 3/28/15 show “Journey” at Sisters on a Journey in Hyde Park in Chicago (filmed with a Canon Power Shot video camera)


See YouTube video of the haiku poem reading by Janet Kuypers of Lucille Ann to make a Vine video in the middle of her poem reading for old school and high-tech monuments (with John playing guitar) in her 3/28/15 show “Journey” at Sisters on a Journey in Hyde Park in Chicago (filmed with a Canon fs200 video camera)


See YouTube video of the haiku poem reading by Janet Kuypers of Lucille Ann to make a Vine video in the middle of her poem reading for old school and high-tech monuments (with John playing guitar) in her 3/28/15 show “Journey” at Sisters on a Journey in Hyde Park in Chicago (filmed with a Canon Power Shot video camera)


See Vine video of Janet Kuypers reading her twitter-length haiku Lucille Ann as a looping JKPoetryVine video (with John playing guitar) during her 3/28/15 show “Journey” at Sisters on a Journey in Hyde Park in Chicago (filmed on a Samsung smart phone)


See Vine video of Janet Kuypers reading her twitter-length haiku Lucille Ann as a looping JKPoetryVine video as practice hours before her 3/28/15 show “Journey” at Sisters on a Journey in Hyde Park in Chicago (filmed on a Samsung smart phone)

Rhenium poem from the “Periodic Table of Poetry” series (#75, Re) from the Chicago poet Janet Kuypers

Rhenium,

Janet Kuypers

from the “Periodic Table of Poetry” series (#75, Re)
(started 8/7/14, written 8/8/14, finished 8/9/14)

Okay, so I’ve been researching
these elements in the Periodic Table,
and when I got to Rhenium
(named for the Rhine river, by the way),
I was kind of stumped.
What comes to your head
when you hear the word “Rhenium”?
Other than the fact that
“Rhenium” was an LP from Parliment
released in nineteen seventy,
I was stumped.

But hey, this element was named after the Rhine river
stretching through Europe,
but in ancient Greek Times,
they thought of the Rhine
as the outermost border
of civilization and reason,
beyond which were mythical creatures.
No lie.

But I don’t know if that mythical nature
of the unknown is what drove scientists
to search for this element,
and to learn everything they could
about what was otherwise unknown to them…

I mean, Mendeleev, the “creator”
as we know it of the Periodic Table,
postulated this element’s existence,
but it wasn’t found in his lifetime…
and it was later predicted
by an English physicist in 1913,
but it still hadn’t been discovered.

But people in different countries
claimed the discovery
through X-ray analysis,
but after a ton of dispute
this elusive element was finally found,
and as all scientists like to think,
this discovery has to mean something,
I mean, we have to use this discovery
for ssomething, so people
will appreciate our precious work!

Well they found out that Rhenium
(now that airplanes were being used more and more
by both vacationers and business travelers)
can be used with super alloys
to make jet engine parts
(well, I guess that’s cool
for the jet-setters out there…)
but, after people figured out
that putting lead in high-performance fuel
might not be good for the environment
(okay, or for people),
they found that Rhenium
could be a catalyst
for making lead-free
high-octane gasoline.

Since we now have means to travel faster and farther
(thanks to Rhenium in part, by the way),
we might not think of the Rhine as the edge of our existence
with anything beyond it being so mysterious.
But when it comes to Rhenium,
it’s one of the rarest elements in Earth’s crust
(I wonder if that’s why it took so long to discover it.)
Because of it’s radioactivity,
it’s used in the treatment of liver cancer
(and maybe pancreatic cancer too),
but with the skyrocketing price of this rare element,
scientists still worry about the potential toxicity of Rhenium.
So, maybe like the mythical creatures
beyond the Rhine the Greeks foretold,
maybe, after discovering Rhenium,
maybe we should be looking
at both the bad — and the good —
that can come out of the rare,
but radical,
and remarkable Rhenium.

Erbium, poem from the “Periodic Table of Poetry” series by Chicago poet Janet Kuypers

Erbium

Janet Kuypers

(poem from the “Periodic Table of Poetry” series, #68, Er)
6/27/14

On the east coast,
shopping once
with a gay friend of mine,
we walked past a guard
at the empty clothing store
to browse for clothes.
My friend held up
a pink shirt,
asked my opinion.
I looked at it,
then at him
and said,
“I’m not a pink person,”
and we both turned
to the clothing racks.
I walked to a farther rack
and pulled out
this goth girls’ color of choice,
held up the black shirt
for his opinion.
Since he was farther away,
he responded loud enough
to confuse the large
African-American guard
when he said,
“I’m not a black person…”

And I don’t care if “PINK”
is the largest ad campaign
of a national lingerie company.
And okay, the pink ribbon
is an honor to my mom
and breast cancer research.
But I’ve never had
a love of the color
until I heard of metals
glowing in a brilliant
pink luminescence.
Because in the science of spectroscopy
(analyzing light from chemicals
through a prism), scientists discovered
stunning pink crystals that glinted alluringly
that would glow even more brilliantly
under fluorescent lights.
That has to be the element Erbium…
And any Erbium compounds
are invariably a faint pink, and —
wait a minute,
why am I going on
about Erbium
and it’s very distinct pinkness?
Well, there were spectroscopic bands
in the infrared part of the spectrum
of Erbium, and these allow Erbium
to not scatter light (or data)
in optical fibres
(the kind for all phone calls
or all Internet data transfer).
Optical fibres are gossamer thin
threads of glass, and they are
a rare optical perfection
that needs just the right element
to carry our voices,
or carry all data
without losing it to the atmosphere.

And if that element has to be pink,
then I guess Erbium
can give me another reason
to like the color pink too.