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See YouTube video 2/25/17 of Janet Kuypers reading her poems “Your Imaginary Soul Weighs 21 Grams” and “origin, from the macro to the micro” for “Poetry Aloud” at the Georgetown Public Library (this video was filmed from a Canon Power Shot SX60 camera).
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See YouTube video 2/25/17 of Janet Kuypers reading her poems “Your Imaginary Soul Weighs 21 Grams” and “origin, from the macro to the micro” for “Poetry Aloud” at the Georgetown Public Library (this video was filmed from a Canon Power Shot SX700 camera).
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See Janet KuypersYouTube video 2/26/17 of her reading her poems “Unscathed”, “Your Imaginary Soul Weighs 21 Grams” and “Gary’s Blind Date” at the Austin “Kick Butt Poetry: Spoken and Heard” open mic (filmed from a Canon Power Shot SX60 camera).
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See Janet KuypersYouTube video 2/26/17 of her reading her poems “Unscathed”, “Your Imaginary Soul Weighs 21 Grams” and “Gary’s Blind Date” at the Austin “Kick Butt Poetry: Spoken and Heard” open mic (filmed from a Canon Power Shot SX700 camera).
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See YouTube video of Janet Kuypers reading her poems “Elephants Carry the World”, “Eyes are Blurred to the Battlefield” and
Your Imaginary Soul Weighs 21 Grams” @ Austin’s Recycled Reads 3/18/17 (this video was filmed from a Canon Power Shot SX60 camera).
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See YouTube video of Janet Kuypers reading her poems “Elephants Carry the World”, “Eyes are Blurred to the Battlefield” and
Your Imaginary Soul Weighs 21 Grams” @ Austin’s Recycled Reads 3/18/17 (this video was filmed from a Canon Power Shot SX700 camera).
video See YouTube video 8/22/17 of the Janet Kuypers show “This Just In”, with her poems “Protecting Peace can Put you in Prison”, “Original Snowbirds”, “Ultimate Connectivity: a bird in the hand”, “erasure poem: A Poetic History”, “Just One Book”, “Newspaper Ink’s the Blood of a Dying Species”, “Elusive Imaginary Creature”, “Your Imaginary Soul Weighs 21 Grams”, “Yearning to Break Free” and “Just By Holding His Hand (extreme 2016 sestina variation)” (Lumix)
video See YouTube video 8/22/17 of the Janet Kuypers show “This Just In”, with her poems “Protecting Peace can Put you in Prison”, “Original Snowbirds”, “Ultimate Connectivity: a bird in the hand”, “erasure poem: A Poetic History”, “Just One Book”, “Newspaper Ink’s the Blood of a Dying Species”, “Elusive Imaginary Creature”, “Your Imaginary Soul Weighs 21 Grams”, “Yearning to Break Free” and “Just By Holding His Hand (extreme 2016 sestina variation)” (Sony)
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See YouTube video of Janet KuypersSeptember 2017 Book Release Reading 9/6/17 from her book “(pheromemes) 2015-2017 poems”, with “Verge on Meditation”, “Elusive Imaginary Creature”, “Newspaper Ink’s the Blood of a Dying Species”, “Your Imaginary Soul Weighs 21 Grams”, “The Truth is Out There”, & “Visions Were Justified” in Community Poetry (Sony camera).
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See YouTube video of Janet KuypersSeptember 2017 Book Release Reading 9/6/17 from her book “(pheromemes) 2015-2017 poems”, with “Verge on Meditation”, “Elusive Imaginary Creature”, “Newspaper Ink’s the Blood of a Dying Species”, “Your Imaginary Soul Weighs 21 Grams”, “The Truth is Out There”, & “Visions Were Justified” in Community Poetry (Lumix camera).
video not yet rated See YouTube video 10/1/17 of Janet Kuypers singing her song “Victim” as an industrial song with John on electric guitar (and added percussions), then her reading her poem “Your Imaginary Soul Weighs 21 Grams” from the cc&d 10/17 book “Forbidden” before inviting contributors to read their poems from the book, at “Kick Butt Poetry” in Austin (Sony).
video video See YouTube video 10/1/17 of Janet Kuypers singing her song “Victim” as an industrial song with John on electric guitar (and added percussions), then her reading her poem “Your Imaginary Soul Weighs 21 Grams” from the cc&d 10/17 book “Forbidden” before inviting contributors to read their poems from the book, at “Kick Butt Poetry” in Austin (Lumix).
video See YouTube video of Janet Kuypers’ “December 2017 Book Release Reading” 12/6/17, where she reads from the book “Negative Space” her haiku and short poems “coincidence?”, “translation (2014 haiku)”, “oceans”, “behind”, “out there”, “opposite”, and “addiction”, her micro prose “Driving By His House”, and her poems “Earth was Crying”, “Your Imaginary Soul Weighs 21 Grams”, “Just by Holding His Hand”, and “Only an Observer” in “Community Poetry @ Half Price Books” (Lumix T56 camera).
video See YouTube video of Janet Kuypers’ “December 2017 Book Release Reading” 12/6/17, where she reads from the book “Negative Space” her haiku and short poems “coincidence?”, “translation (2014 haiku)”, “oceans”, “behind”, “out there”, “opposite”, and “addiction”, her micro prose “Driving By His House”, and her poems “Earth was Crying”, “Your Imaginary Soul Weighs 21 Grams”, “Just by Holding His Hand”, and “Only an Observer” in “Community Poetry @ Half Price Books” (Lumix 2500 camera).
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See YouTube video from 12/14/17 of Janet Kuypers reading her poems “X-rays and broken hearts”, “Over the Cracks (I Don’t Need You)”, and “Your Imaginary Soul Weighs 21 Grams” from her book “(pheromemes) 2015-2017 poems” @ “the Hole in the Wall” in Austin for AIPF’s pre-party reading (filmed from a Panasonic Lumix 2500 camera).
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See YouTube video from 12/14/17 of Janet Kuypers reading her poems “X-rays and broken hearts”, “Over the Cracks (I Don’t Need You)”, and “Your Imaginary Soul Weighs 21 Grams” from her book “(pheromemes) 2015-2017 poems” @ “the Hole in the Wall” in Austin for AIPF’s pre-party reading (Lumix T56 camera).
video See YouTube video of Janet Kuypers at her 1/3/18 “January 2018 Book Release Reading” feature through “Community Poetry @ Half Price Books”, reading her poems “Years, Centuries, Eons”, “violation”, “Your Imaginary Soul Weighs 21 Grams”, “unbounded”, and “quarrel” from the cc&d 9/12 2017 issue collection book anthology “Language of Untamed Spirit”, before reading her 3 haiku poems “eventually”, “enemies” and “blood” from the 2017 Scars Publications poetry and prose collection book anthology “On a Rainy Day” (this video was filmed from a Panasonic Lumix 2500 camera).
video See YouTube video of Janet Kuypers at her 1/3/18 “January 2018 Book Release Reading” feature through “Community Poetry @ Half Price Books”, reading her poems “Years, Centuries, Eons”, “violation”, “Your Imaginary Soul Weighs 21 Grams”, “unbounded”, and “quarrel” from the cc&d 9/12 2017 issue collection book anthology “Language of Untamed Spirit”, before reading her 3 haiku poems “eventually”, “enemies” and “blood” from the 2017 Scars Publications poetry and prose collection book anthology “On a Rainy Day” (this video was filmed from a Panasonic Lumix T56 camera).
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See YouTube video of Janet KuypersMarch 2018 Book Release Reading 3/7/18, where she read her Down in the Dirt 3/18 book “Dear Reader” poems “everyday objects equal performance art”, “Queen of Multimedia for a reason”, and “Your Imaginary Soul Weighs 21 Grams” in Community Poetry @ Half Price Books (Panasonic Lumix T56 camera).
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See YouTube video of Janet KuypersMarch 2018 Book Release Reading 3/7/18, where she read her Down in the Dirt 3/18 book “Dear Reader” poems “everyday objects equal performance art”, “Queen of Multimedia for a reason”, and “Your Imaginary Soul Weighs 21 Grams” in Community Poetry @ Half Price Books (Panasonic Lumix 2500 camera).

Your Imaginary Soul
      Weighs 21 Grams

Janet Kuypers
2/25/17

Different cultures
call it different things.
Your spirit. Your soul.

I know that we creatively
believe there’s something
special we possess.

But this elusive
imaginary creature
that lives within us

causes much debate.
Does it even exist.
Is the soul real.

So I found it funny
that a doctor
100 years ago

wanted to measure
the weight
of a soul.

He found people
sick, dying,
and he weighed them

just before they
were about
to die —

and he weighed
their corpses
right after death.

And what do you know,
there was a difference
in each person —

the doctor found
that each person
was less than

an ounce lighter,
or about
21 grams.

And, this didn’t
prove anything,
but it makes me wonder...

is 21 ounces
the weight we carry
for our soul,

or do some souls
carry more
from the weight

of the world.
Is that why
we’re forced

to share our stories,
to lift our burden,
so our invisible soul

won’t weigh
us down
anymore.


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