Nitrium, bonus poem from the “Periodic Table of Poetry” series – based on the original name (before Natrium) for Sodium, #11, Na – by Chicago poet Janet Kuypers

Nitrium Janet Kuypers (bonus poem from the “Periodic Table of Poetry” series) based on the original name (before Natrium) for Sodium, #11, Na started 1/16/15, edited and completed 1/29/15 I’ve been studying elements in the Periodic Table, and when I heard the word “Nitrium,” it made me laugh (thinking of Nitrous Oxide). So I looked … Read more

Thorium, from the “Periodic Table of Poetry” series (#90. Th) by Chicago poet Janet Kuypers

Thorium Janet Kuypers from the “Periodic Table of Poetry” series (#90. Th) 7/1/14 Think of how many times you’ve heard scientists say (or maybe you’ve heard it from people on daredevil tv) “do not try this at home” — knowing that someone, somewhere won’t heed this advice and end up with an unintended explosion instead … Read more

Seaborgium, poem from the “Periodic Table of Poetry” series (#105, Sg) from the Chicago poet Janet Kuypers

Seaborgium Janet Kuypers from the “Periodic Table of Poetry” series (#105, Sg) 7/28/14 (started 7/27/14) I’ve always loved the sea. When standing at these Pacific shores I’m always intoxicated by the action there, at the vibrancy, the sense of life. I’ve always been drawn to the idea of learning, to California’s desire to explore and … Read more

Rutherfordium, poem from the “Periodic Table of Poetry” series (#104, Rf) from the Chicago poet Janet Kuypers

Rutherfordium Janet Kuypers from the “Periodic Table of Poetry” series (#104, Rf) 7/3/14 And when I get that engagement ring… I don’t want Zirconium, I want a diamond! I want something stronger! Even the band, everyone wants Gold, but Platinum is stronger, even Tungsten (which has a cool goth sound to it)… What’s the strongest … Read more