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video See YouTube video of Janet Kuypers in her 11/5/16 show “New Beginning, Firsts and the Future” at Expressions 2016! New Beginnings: the Future of Poetry in Austin reading her poems “a New Life”, “Under the Sea”, “Saving Fingers and Scooping Ice Cream”, “New Beginnings: getting married to my knight in shining armor”, “My First Time”, “Falling From the Sky”, “Questioning Creativity through the Cosmos”, and her song “In Love I Abide” to live guitar and keyboard (this video filmed from a Sony camera).
video See YouTube video of Janet Kuypers in her 11/5/16 show “New Beginning, Firsts and the Future” at Expressions 2016! New Beginnings: the Future of Poetry in Austin reading her poems “a New Life”, “Under the Sea”, “Saving Fingers and Scooping Ice Cream”, “New Beginnings: getting married to my knight in shining armor”, “My First Time”, “Falling From the Sky”, “Questioning Creativity through the Cosmos”, and her song “In Love I Abide” to live guitar and keyboard (filmed from a Canon Power Shot camera).
New Beginning, Firsts and the Future chapbook View or download the free PDF chapbook
New Beginning, Firsts and the Future
with “a New Life” “Under the Sea”, “Saving Fingers and Scooping Ice Cream”, “New Beginnings: getting married to my knight in shining armor”, “My First Time”, “Falling From the Sky”, “Questioning Creativity through the Cosmos”, & “In Love I Abide”.
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See YouTube video of Janet Kuypers saying her poem “Questioning Creativity through the Cosmos” from memory 11/13/16 in an excerpt from Thom’s group intro to the Austin open mic Kick Butt Poetry (this video was filmed from a Canon Power Shot camera).
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See YouTube video of Thom’s group intro to the Austin open mic Kick Butt Poetry, where Janet Kuypers says her poem Questioning Creativity through the Cosmos from memory (at ~2:30) 11/13/16 (this video was filmed from a Canon Power Shot camera).
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See YouTube video from 4/22/17 of Janet Kuypers reading her poems “Protecting Peace can Put you in Prison”, “Keeping the Peace and Coming to Peace” and “Questioning Creativity through the Cosmos” for her book release “(pheromemes) 2015-2017 show poems” at “Poetry Aloud” in Georgetown (Sony).
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See YouTube video from 4/22/17 of Janet Kuypers reading her poems “Protecting Peace can Put you in Prison”, “Keeping the Peace and Coming to Peace” and “Questioning Creativity through the Cosmos” for her book release “(pheromemes) 2015-2017 show poems” at “Poetry Aloud” in Georgetown (Lumix).
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See YouTube video of Janet KuypersSeptember 2017 Book Release Reading 9/6/17 of cc&d’s book “Nothing Lasts” poems “a New Life”, “My First Time”, “Falling from the Sky”, and “Questioning Creativity Through the Cosmos” in Community Poetry @ Half Price Books (Lumix).
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See YouTube video of Janet KuypersSeptember 2017 Book Release Reading 9/6/17 of cc&d’s book “Nothing Lasts” poems “a New Life”, “My First Time”, “Falling from the Sky”, and “Questioning Creativity Through the Cosmos” in Community Poetry @ Half Price Books (Sony).


Questioning Creativity
through the Cosmos

Janet Kuypers
11/3/16
with references from prose “How Do I Get to the Moon
and “Travel Through Space”, and poems
From Orpheus to Nuking the Moon”, “Eleven & Two, + Eight”,
Travel Through Space” and “Universe... Now In Color

When I think of the future,
I think of astronomy,
space, the final frontier —

and you better believe
that outer space is so poetic
and all about the art.

NASA even had an artist in
residence, who learned
that astronomers estimate

the moon’s orbit every year
pulls the moon farther
and farther away from the earth...

So if you remember the moon
looking so big when you were young,
well, you may have been right.

Because if I think about it,
maybe I’m not a writer,
maybe I’m not an artist —

maybe I’m an observer, like
an astronomer, learning what
makes everything everything

because molecule by molecule,
we originate from stars, and that
makes us all linked by stardust.

And like all star gazers
who love astronomy,
I assume I’ll never

actually go into outer space.
But it occurred to me:
I have.

Ever talked on the radio?
Ever appeared on tv?
Because all of those signals

are shot out into space,
they continue past our earth.
towards the ends of the universe.

I wonder what other stars
have seen and heard
my poetry by now, and

I wonder if anything out there
can decode our signals
and understand what we say.

So I keep looking at the images
from Hubble, the mind-boggling
colors from galaxies and nebulas...

But NASA’s artist in residence
talked about those telescope photos.
Because when images come in,

they’re all completely digital
(a series of ones, a series of zeros)
and there’s no color at all.

Astronauts describe the cosmos
as a vast black void —
so scientists guess from the data

how outer space should look.
So they guess from radiation data,
when red is hot and blue is cold,

to make the images look the best.
These outer space images are beautiful,
but now, they’re literally an art form.

The final frontier could be creative.
Look at the evidence:
imaging in astronomy

is actually existential art.


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