Below are video links from a September 3rd 2016 (9/3/16, or 20160903) music&nbp;/ poetry performance (with accompanying guitar and percussion music by John) of Janet Kuypers’ Austin poetry feature through Expressions 2016: September Song! at Austin’s the Bahá’í Center (at 2215 E M Franklin Ave, Austin, TX 78723) that incorporated poetry into music. This is why they started the set with their song&nbp;/ poem that they previously performed at the sold out theater show from Beast Women Rising9/21/14 of her original Mom’s Favorite Vase song “What We Need in Life”, with her poem “Fantastic Car Crash&^#8221; nestled between verses two and three. To break up the guitar, Janet then performed her Periodic Table poem “Tin” (with Chicago locations changed to Austin Texas downtown locations, of course). But in this set the ended their show with her poem (set to John’s original song) “Made Any Difference”.
Before the show started she also released copies to most everyone there of a chapbook of the writings she was performing in her show (in the order they were performed), and all of the pieces from this reading were also released electronically in a “How Music is Poetic” chapbook, which you can download as a PDF file for free any time.
WZRD Radio (88.3 FM), with a D.J. Cathleen Schandelmeier-Bartels, had a lengthy interview with Janet Kuypers 9/27/14, where she talked about the inspiration for the release of her new poetry book set, for both “Partial Nudity” and “Revealed” (two large volumes that were also broken down into smaller editions of books, including “100 Haikus”, “Give me the News” (of news poems and newsworthy poems), “Let me See you Stripped”, “Twitterati” (of twitter-length poems, “Part of my Pain”, “Rape, Sexism, Life & Death” (poetry on both sexism and almost losing your life, with Slovak translations of some poems), “Say Nothing”, and “when you Dream tonight” (of poems about dreams, including some classic dream poetry). During this interview, she also read never-before-performed haiku poems from her 2014 release of “Partial Nudity” (and most of the haiku poems were also in the mini book “100 Haikus”).
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 it up online… The only thing I could find was from the Memory Alpha in Star Trek Wikia, and they could only guess that Nitrium was either an alloy or a metallic element.
But the history buff in me remembered that Nitrium is a variant of natrium, and it was the original name for the element Sodium.
(I mean, doctors even call low sodium levels in the blood hyponatremia…)
So as I read up at my Star Trek Wikia — I suddenly realized how essential this Nitrium really was:
If you remember basic chemistry, sodium reacts violently with water, disintegrating, or even exploding (no no no, you’re thinking of salt, that’s not straight sodium, that’s why it mixes with water…)
And as I read, Nitrium (which was the first name for Sodium) was prevalent in asteroids and it was used in so many places in the construction of Federation starships.
Now, when it comes to our own bodies, Sodium (or should I say Nitrium) controls blood pressure and blood volume — it’s essential in our bodies to keep them running smoothly.
So it makes total sense that Galaxy-glass vessels used Nitrium in their ships, from computers, to engines to their life support systems.
Nitrium was so crucial to the Cost of Living — you see, I expanded my research from Star Trek Wikia to straight-up Wikipedia and discovered that parasites were eating the Nitrium all over the Enterprise, jeopardizing the ship’s integrity.
Because as I’ve learned, with every Periodic Table element out there there’s a good side and a bad side: if Nitrium is used all over the Enterprise, something could easily come along to destroy it as well.
I mean, think of it in our own bodies: when Sodium (or Nitrium) reacts with water and forms Sodium Hydroxide, but this reaction gets the Hydrogen so hot that it burns.
And if Nitrium was the original name for Sodium, that probably explains why you never see a Galaxy-class starship entering a planet’s atmosphere, where there’s water in the air. Because really, the people at Star Trek learned that even just a little water in the air would be enough to make their starship disintegrate around them.
…Really, whenever the Enterprise actually goed to a planet, they never land on the planet with their big Galaxy-class starship, they send a shuttle, or they beam someone down, because in this case, the water in the air that’s embedded in the atmosphere, that water could react with the Sodium — oops, I mean, that water could react with the Nitrium — and it might actually do the Enterprise in.
As I said, with all the elements I’ve studied, there’s a good side and a bad side to them. We might desperately need them, but they also may somehow do us in if they’re mixed in the just the right way.
Because if you sit in a lab in the twenty-first century, you can watch this element react with water in a beaker — and if you’re going where no one has gone before in the twenty-fourth century, you might have to be sure your Nitrium-rich ship finds no water in space, and finds no parasites that may eat you out of your only way home.
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 of a fantastic discovery from their radical experiment…
Well, good thing one Swedish chemist didn’t decide to “not try this at home”, doing groundbreaking experiments in his kitchen flat. Though Jöns Jacob Berzelius < !—(yens yoke-ub bear-zeal-ee-us)—> discovered a few elements, he seemed so psyched to name one new element for the Scandinavian god of thunder, Thor.
And it’s kind of funny that with his affinity for Thorium, he never understood Thorium’s radioactivity (because, well, when he discovered Thorium, radioactivity hadn’t even been discovered yet).
But after Thorium was discovered, Thorium was used for powering gas lamps back in the day when the world’s light disappeared at nightfall. But wait, Thorium’s radioactive, and back in the day they didn’t know this, so did people get cancer from radiation poisoning?
Well, maybe if there was enough Thorium in those gas lamps, and maybe if that Thorium wasn’t stopped from getting to humans by the glass surrounding the lamps… Because only if you’d eat Thorium (and maybe only the supernatural God Thor would eat Thorium) maybe only if you ate it only then might it make you sick. I mean, they still sell it today in camping lamps, unless you actually look for a lamp that’s Thorium-free…
But even when it came to eating Thorium, some people would do it back in the ‘30s with x-rays for detecting their cancer, because at the time Thorium was perfect for saving lives thanks to those x-rays. So with Thorium for cancer x-rays, the new cancer risk seemed like a fair trade-off before they could find a safer x-ray detection agent.
So yeah, there’s no way a Swedish chemist could have guessed it when he discovered the element Thorium and wanted to name it after the God of Thunder, but Thorium can bring some light into our world, as long as we use Thorium in just the right way.