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video See YouTube video of Janet Kuypers in her 9/2/15 show “Like a Lamb to the Slaughter” in her feature at Poetry At The Gallery Cabaret in Chicago (Canon fs200), with her poems Entering the Lake of Fire, unless it happens to you, Open Book, electromagnetism, an edited version of the poem Everything was Alive and Dying, Death Takes Many Forms, and Under the Sea.
video video See YouTube video of Janet Kuypers in her 9/2/15 show “Like a Lamb to the Slaughter” in her feature at Poetry At The Gallery Cabaret in Chicago (Canon Power Shot), with her poems Entering the Lake of Fire, unless it happens to you, Open Book, electromagnetism, an edited version of her poem Everything was Alive and Dying, Death Takes Many Forms, and Under the Sea.
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of the NEW poems read 9/2/15 at the Café Gallery show in Chicago
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of Janet Kuypers reading 4 poems 9/7/15 at the Chicago open mic Weeds (Canon fs200), w/ Vent, Tin, Entering the Lake of Fire, & electromagnetism.
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See YouTube video 2/11/17 of Janet Kuypers reading her poems “electromagnetism” and “Years, Centuries, Eons” at the “Poetry Aloud” open mic at the Georgetown Public Library (Canon Power Shot SX700 camera).
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See YouTube video 2/11/17 of Janet Kuypers reading her poems “electromagnetism” and “Years, Centuries, Eons” at the “Poetry Aloud” open mic at the Georgetown Public Library (filmed with a Sony camera).
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See YouTube video of Janet KuypersJuly 2017 Book Release Reading 7/5/17 of cc&d’s book “Salvaging America” poems “unless”, “Electromagnetism”, “Open Book”, “Everything is my Home”, and “Orders” in Half Price Books Community Poetry (filmed w/ a Lumix camera).
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See YouTube video of Janet KuypersJuly 2017 Book Release Reading 7/5/17 of cc&d’s book “Salvaging America” poems “unless”, “Electromagnetism”, “Open Book”, “Everything is my Home”, and “Orders” in Half Price Books Community Poetry (filmed w/ a Sony camera).

electromagnetism

Janet Kuypers
9/2/15

I’ve studied the science,
and I’ve heard a physicist explain
that when two solid objects
are pressed together
they never actually touch.
Because electrons repel,
all objects remain one molecule apart.*

All the molecules that make us
us
should always be pushing away.

But wait a minute.
that can’t be how it works,
because
the electricity I feel between us,
the magnetism that draws me to you,
makes me do anything but repel.

And gravity can’t hold everything together,
so all that can explain my attraction to you
is this electromagnetism —

I’m telling you, it’s a fundamental force,
and these electromagnetic waves
are the light waves, so I can see you,
the radio waves, so I can hear and sense you.
The heat I feel when I’m close to you,
well,
electromagnetism brought it all together.

Now, when it comes to the science,
know that when the Universe first started,
electromagnetism is what drew
protons and electrons together
and that created any matter in the Universe.

And all that matter
we think is so strong,
your arms when you dip me when we dance,
your hands when you hold me tight,
your fingertips when they interlock with mine
and we hold each other’s hands
whenever we’re walking together in stride,
keep in mind that right down to our electrons,
microscopically we’re always in a battle
to keep ourselves together
when our molecules are trying to tear us apart.

But this electricity I feel between us,
this magnetism that draws me to you,
this electromagnetism wins the war —

when my heart quickens for you,
I know it’s that electric signal
that causes my heart to beat for you.
And when I spring forward to you,
it’s electromagnetism in action.

It’s funny, how I can use science
so succinctly
to explain why I need you so.

And this is science, this isn’t theory,
because String Theorists may say
that were have always been bound to each other
because a butterfly beat its wings in Barbados,
and a sea lion saved her siblings
        from predators in the Pacific,
after an Antarctic ice shelf started melting.

But I say it’s more fundamental than that.
Right down to my heartbeat,
right down to how you infiltrate my senses.
Right down to this electricity between us.
Right down to this magnetism we feel.

Now that I’ve found you,
I won’t fight the laws of nature.
The only thing I will ever do
is to only fight for you.

 

 

* lines from “Us, Actually Touching”


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