Thursday, September 26, 2013

Fave Poem of the Week: Girl Hours by Sofia Samatar (Stone Telling, 2011)

Excellent excellent speculative poetry this is. What I so love is how "Girl Hours" shifts from a magical realm into reality, with an almost dream-like quality. The creation, amalgamation, and destruction of "body" moves on the page like dancing fire.

I was also very happy to learn about a certain Henrietta Swan Leavitt, who discovered a way to measure the distance of stars:
In the 1870s, the Harvard College Observatory began to employ young women as human computers to record and analyze data. One of them, Henrietta Swan Leavitt, discovered a way to measure stellar distances using the pulsing of variable stars.
Happy to have read this piece. Now my day is made.
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