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

Thallium, poem from the “Periodic Table of Poetry” series (#81, Tl) by Chicago poet Janet Kuypers

Thallium Janet Kuypers from the “Periodic Table of Poetry” series (#81, Tl) started 2/7/14, finished 2/8/14 I swirled the wine glass in my hand. I watched the red wine swirl, creeping it’s way to the lip as I hypnotically observe the vortex. I like drinking my red wine from those low, wide-mouthed glasses so you … 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