Hopefully living on Mars wouldn’t be much like The Expanse…
Next week, I’ll be compering an event as part of at-Bristol’s ‘Festival of What If…’ – this one being around the question ‘what if we lived on Mars?’ There are details about the event here.
I might add in some specks of Martian poetry, references to Ray Bradbury’s ‘Martian Chronicles’, possible allusions to The Expanse, or even some Vogon Poetry…and I’ll be crowd-sourcing a recipe for living well on Mars (though it might not be quite what you expect…).
See you there!
Or become hysterical – but do go to Japan, it’s great.
Yesterday’s word adventure was to think up a concrete noun – a word for a solid, everyday thing – and look it up online.
Then, the idea is to replace that word with an abstract noun – love, fear, sorrow – and see what emerges: a ‘replacement poem’.
It’s a nice way of forcing an unusual perspective, a form of remote association (which poetry depends on) – wherein one has to draw together two disparate elements and seek what links them. I found the playlist poem exercise did this, too, linking song titles to a Russian constructivist tower (!).
So I got a concrete and abstract noun (from a third party, to make it interesting), looked up the concrete noun and found a news story about it, or a particular type of it…Then created a sort of deletion poem, cutting down and down until it became something else:
Hilarity Crash-Lands in Japan
It burst in
from a pit
that orbited Earth
for eight months.
expected in April,
Form was unusual:
sent to the ISS
returned to Earth
eight months later.
“We are amazed
how fast it has grown,”
chief priest, said.
Children planted the seeds,
to blossom in 10 tears*,
come of age.
The original – very strange & beautiful – news story can be read here.
* NB this typo was in the original article, but I left it as I liked the image…