White Phosphorus, poem from the “Periodic Table of poetry” series by Chicago Poet Janet Kuypers

White Phosphorus Janet Kuypers Bonus poem from the “Periodic Table of Poetry” series, #15, P 9/30/13) Seeing bombs from Viet Nam and the white smoke rising — with each bomb exploding, I knew that smoke… It was Willie Pete, white Phosphorus — you couldn’t put it out once it started burning. This stuff would destroy … Read more

Ununpentium, “Periodic Table ” poem by Chicago poet Janet Kuypers

Ununpentium Janet Kuypers from the “ Periodic Table of Poetry” series (#115, Uup)* A month before you died, on the day that she was born, that was very possibly the last day I talked to you. I know you loved me, but in the grand scheme of things, you had to know this relationship couldn’t … Read more

Ununoctium, “Periodic Table” poem by Chicago poet Janet Kuypers

Ununoctium Janet Kuypers from the “ Periodic Table of Poetry” series (#118, Uuo) I first only heard of you a decade ago. You seemed so reactive, so unstable, and yet I was so attracted to you. I should have known better. I should have known that your radioactive personality would cause your destruction, so I … Read more

Francium, “Periodic Table of Poetry” poem by Chicago poet Janet Kupers

Francium by Janet Kuypers of Scars Publications from the “Periodic Table of Poetry” series (#087, Fr) Thinking of you, I’m reminded of someone taking his mother’s guns and killing her in an elementary school, then taking out twenty children, then five more adults, before taking his own life. Remembering your destructive ways reminds me of … Read more