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

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

Protactinium, poem from the “Periodic Table of Poetry” series, (#91, Pa) from the Chicago poet Janet Kuypers

Protactinium Janet Kuypers from the “Periodic Table of Poetry” series (#91, Pa) 7/1/14 Wanted to talk about P A, element ninety one, but gotta keep this brief, because the first people who discovered an isotope of element ninety one found it had had an insanely short half life, so they wanted to name it “brevium”. … Read more