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video video See YouTube video of the poem reading by Janet Kuypers of extinct on planet earth (w/ John playing guitar) in her 3/28/15 show “Journey” at Sisters on a Journey in Hyde Park in Chicago (Canon fs200)
video video See YouTube video of the poem reading by Janet Kuypers of extinct on planet earth (w/ John playing guitar) in her 3/28/15 show “Journey” at Sisters on a Journey in Hyde Park in Chicago (Canon Power Shot)
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video video See YouTube video of the 3/28/15 Janet Kuypers show “Journey” (w/ John playing guitar) at Sisters on a Journey in Hyde Park in Chicago (filmed with a Canon Power Shot), of 14 poem reading about her mother, INCLUDING THIS PIECE
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of the poem reading by Janet Kuypers of extinct on planet earth 6/10/15 at the Chicago open mic “Elizabeth’s Crazy Little Thing” (Canon fs200)
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video See YouTube video of Janet Kuypers in her 2/1/17 25 minute poetry reading at Austin’s Half Price Books, with her poems “old school and high-tech monuments”, “extinct on planet earth”, “Other Souls”, “Open Book”, “Mapping the Way to True Love”, “Years, Centuries, Eons”, “Zenith of the Night Sky”, and “just one book(filmed from a Canon Power Shot SX700 camera).
video See YouTube video of Janet Kuypers in her 2/1/17 25 minute poetry reading at Austin’s Half Price Books, with her poems “old school and high-tech monuments”, “extinct on planet earth”, “Other Souls”, “Open Book”, “Mapping the Way to True Love”, “Years, Centuries, Eons”, “Zenith of the Night Sky”, and “just one book(filmed from a Canon Power Shot SX60 camera).

extinct on planet earth

Janet Kuypers
3/22/15

saw a slew of books for sale recently
of species now extinct on planet earth

some books were massive volumes,
like large catalogs categorizing the now dead

and I heard a statistic a while ago
saying a species goes extinct every 90 seconds

I mean, these books can’t be up to date
when so much in our world is dying so quickly

ninety nine percent of all species
that have ever lived on earth        are now gone

when I think of the death that precedes us,
when I think of the death we see around us

I wonder,                      when a loved one dies
do they become a name that will be forgotten

maybe listed in a catalog
like all these long gone extinct species

I think of a man
who told me he loved me

I think of my mother

and I wonder,
will all that is left of that life,

will it all be reduced to a line of type
in small print, cataloged by genome

maybe there’s a word or two, beyond a name
but just a few words                is this all that is left


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