Rhodium, “Periodic Table of Poetry” poem by Chicago poet Janet Kuypers

Rhodium Janet Kuypers from the “Periodic Table of Poetry” series (#45, Rh) 10/15/13 When you say the word “menthol,” images probably crop up in your head of women holding a cigarette stick like she’s using her smoke as an orchestra wand, tracing the line of smoke like she’s conducting a symphony with her mint-tasting cancer … Read more

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

Gold Janet Kuypers from the ““ Periodic Table of Poetry” series (#079, Au) Golden lights, displaying your name When I saw you, I was so attracted to you. Your Golden hair reflected the sunlight the day we met, and ever since our first encounter, I desperately needed you with me. You bought me gold jewelry, … Read more

Beryllium poem by Janet Kuypers

Beryllium Janet Kuypers from the “ Periodic Table of Poetry” series I’ve wanted you with me. I’ve paid for fragments of you, spending what I could at the Gem and Jewelry show for years, because all I could afford of you was aquamarine glimmers of you, blue like the endless sky above. In that aquamarine … Read more

“Palladium” poem by Janet Kuypers

Palladium Janet Kuypers from the “ Periodic Table of Poetry” series “Have you ever been to the Palladium?” He asked me, so I asked, “The one in New York?” “No…” “Oh, the Hollywood Palladium? No.” But the thing is, after the success of the Hollywood Palladium, New York converted the Academy of Music to the … Read more