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Present-day astronomy, vast, complex, is looking through darkness to distant objects and times. Yet its discoveries arent exclusively scientific: from the moons of Pluto to the Doppler effect, the night sky screens a place where math meets myth. Now, in Zero Kelvin, in scenes that shift from the mountains of Goma to the mountains of the moon, from galaxies that feast upon their neighbours to a solar sail unfurling above Earth's orbit, Richard Normans poetry probes both newly glimpsed corners of the universe, and the myths which bring them into focus.

Experiment

It is a human urge—

to orbit backwards at great speed.

Experimentally, you do it

and then the crack of lightning,

the open-ended snowflake, splits the sky.

Just as the sculptor cut the fat off space,

you going backwards renders time.

Seconds drop like filings

when a magnet is turned off.

Praise for Zero Kelvin

"All at once the elements collapse and expand, become inseparable and remote, beautiful and terrifying – this is what Richard Normans poems do to us. We feel stars, those tiny suns, as words blazing through the page; like dust or sand they leave a residue in our thoughts, worlds deep, so we might inadvertently carry them to work, or to the bed of a lover. Here is where language consumes us, absolute and intangible, between reality and myth." —Leigh Kotsildis, author of Hypotheticals

Synopsis:

Maths, myths, Mars! Hard science meets happy metaphor in a debut that asks how astronomy continues to define our lives.

Synopsis:

Present-day astronomy, vast, complex, is looking through darkness to distant objects and times. Yet its discoveries arent exclusively scientific: from Plutos moons to Curiosity Rovers, the sky remains a place where math meets myth. Now, in Zero Kelvin, Richard Normans poetry probes both the facts and the metaphors generated by astronomical research—which is bringing us daily new heavens on earth.

Experiment

It is a human urge—

to orbit backwards at great speed.

Experimentally, you do it

and then the crack of lightning,

the open-ended snowflake, splits the sky . . .

Seconds drop like filings

when a magnet is turned off.

About the Author

Richard Norman lives in Halifax. He has recently published poetry in The Malahat Review, The Puritan, and CV2, among other Canadian journals. His first collection is forthcoming from Biblioasis.

Table of Contents

Table of Contents

Desert /3

Strange Days /6

Filament /7

Scan /8

Kingdom of Kush /9

Lake Nyasa /12

City /14

Vukovar /16

Pool /18

Goma /19

Valve /22

Spring /23

Harbour /25

Ocean /26

On Winter Nights /28

Cedar /29

Drinkers /30

Voices /32

Under the Volcano /33

Qom /34

Seville /36

Killers /37

Tsar Bomba /39

April /40

Living Water /41

Far From Here /43

Solitaire /44

Event Horizon /45

The Core /46

Eye 1 /47

Eye 2 /48

Experiment /49

Operation /50

Redaction /51

Banquet /52

Theories /53

Solar Sail /54

Theology /55

Patmos /57

Product Details

ISBN:
9781927428450
Author:
Norman, Richard
Publisher:
Biblioasis
Subject:
Astronomy - General
Edition Description:
Trade Paper
Publication Date:
20131231
Binding:
TRADE PAPER
Language:
English
Pages:
72
Dimensions:
8.5 x 5.5 in

Related Subjects

Fiction and Poetry » Anthologies » Miscellaneous International Poetry
Fiction and Poetry » Classics » Medieval and Renaissance
Science and Mathematics » Astronomy » General

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Maths, myths, Mars! Hard science meets happy metaphor in a debut that asks how astronomy continues to define our lives.

"Synopsis" by ,

Present-day astronomy, vast, complex, is looking through darkness to distant objects and times. Yet its discoveries arent exclusively scientific: from Plutos moons to Curiosity Rovers, the sky remains a place where math meets myth. Now, in Zero Kelvin, Richard Normans poetry probes both the facts and the metaphors generated by astronomical research—which is bringing us daily new heavens on earth.

Experiment

It is a human urge—

to orbit backwards at great speed.

Experimentally, you do it

and then the crack of lightning,

the open-ended snowflake, splits the sky . . .

Seconds drop like filings

when a magnet is turned off.

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