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Life on the Deckle Edge

Poetry Friday - Science and Poetry - and Valentines?

February 9, 2017

Tags: Poetry Friday, poetry, science poetry, bioprinting poem, bioprinting, Poetry Friday Anthology for Science, Science and Children, found poem, found poetry, original work, altered card, library card, card catalog card, artsyletters, Valentine, vintage

Greetings from the sunny South. I will not complain about the little chill in the February breezes, I promise.

More fun in the mail this week - after the January poem postcard exchange (scroll down for my posts on that last month), and birthday cards, I had another treat in store - a copy of the January 2017 issue of Science & Children featuring one of my poems from the Poetry Friday Anthology of Science from Pomelo Books. PFA Anthology creators Sylvia Vardell and Janet Wong have a great column called"The Poetry of Science" in the NSTA (National Science Teachers Association) magazine. My poem on bioprinting got to join some terrific technology-themed articles and activities in January.

Printing, Pressed Beyond Words...

Our printers today are still evolving.

So many projects - and problems they're solving!

In layers of plastic, a virtual mold:

printers are spitting out things you can hold.

These 3-D devices can also print gels,

stacking amazing assortments of cells.

Need a blood vessel? An organ, an ear?

Bioprinting is real - bioprinting is here!

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Teachers can take on one or all of Sylvia's famous "Take 5" activities which connect the poem to teaching standards, as well as to other poems and publications exploring a similar theme. Three cheers for poetry and science!

And now, to R-E-A-L-L-Y stretch that theme, just for fun I've included a little studio adventure for the forthcoming holiday. I had a blast making my poem postcards to send in January, and for each one I used a unique vintage library card catalog card. And now, I'm making actual cards out of them. Complete with a vintage pocket and blank vintage check-out card on the inside, perfect for a tucked-in message!

(How does this relate to science? I'm getting there....)

I thought some of the catalog cards for nonfiction science books lent themselves to a Valentine bent - the ones on magnetism! - so I made a romantic-y greeting card from one. The illustration above the altered catalog card I clipped from the February 1927 issue of Country Life.

This lacks a true poetic sense, methinks, but it's kind of fun:


For better pictures and a peek at process and such, click here to hop over to my artsyletters blog, where I posted about these cards.

Now, opportunities abound to indulge your love of poetry with Captivating Katie, who has this week's Roundup over at
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  1. February 9, 2017 10:31 PM EST
    I hope the post at your other blog will include a close-up. It was disappointing not to be able to closely view the picture of your catalog card. Enjoy your sunny weather--we received over a foot of snow today!
    - Diane Mayr
  2. February 9, 2017 10:46 PM EST
    A foot of snow! Good grief. Stay cozy! Yep, I'm cooking up a post right now at my artsyletters blog with better pictures. (I tried making this one here so you could click on it and expand the size, but I don't know if it worked. The Authors Guild sites are a bit limited with blog graphics.)
    - Robyn Black
  3. February 9, 2017 11:09 PM EST
    Congratulations on the publication, Robyn. I love your handmade card - what a clever idea.
    - Sally Murphy
  4. February 10, 2017 1:30 AM EST
    A big congratulations, and isn't it just mind-blowing and breathtaking how far science has come? It's a thrilling new world of potential beyond anything I could ever have imagined!
    - Jane @ Raincity Librarian
  5. February 10, 2017 4:00 AM EST
    What a great idea, Robyn! Love to watch you flex those creative muscles :-)
    - Tabatha
  6. February 10, 2017 9:01 AM EST
    Dear Robyn, I love reading about all the ways you are living the creative life.. .OF COURSE you did something cool with library cards! And yay for your most recent publication! xo
    - Irene Latham
  7. February 10, 2017 9:12 AM EST
    Love "spitting out things you can hold." The 3-d printers are rather miraculous I think. I actually love that someone created how to do it! Congratulations on your poem in the magazine too, and your ideas for the cards. I've saved a few old cards just because they have become history. Happy weekend, Robyn!
    - Linda Baie
  8. February 10, 2017 9:27 AM EST
    I love your poem, Robyn. 3-D printers boggle my mind! Your cards are so clever. I have another snow day today (it takes a long time to clear away a foot of snow!), and you've inspired me to get creative with my art supplies. Thank you!
    - Catherine @ Reading to the Core
  9. February 10, 2017 9:40 AM EST
    Hi, Sally - thanks so much. Those catalog cards, especially the older ones, bring back such memories - they're like little old cardstock friends!

    Jane - mind-blowing is right. I'm grateful for the scientists who are creating things to improve folks' lives.

    Tabatha - ha! Thanks. To a fellow flex-er. ;0)

    Thank you, Irene - I'll keep my eyes open for one of those cards that whispers your name....

    Happy Weekend, Linda! I'm still wrapping my mind around how those 3-D printers work - amazing is right. Yep - some cards you have to hold onto. I'm always drawn to vintage & antique cards in thrift shops... wondering who sent them, what their lives were like.

    Catherine - ooh, that weather! Been watching the reports on TV. I hope you have a cozy, inspiring day INSIDE - an art party sounds like a great way to spend it. :0)
    - Robyn Black
  10. February 10, 2017 9:57 AM EST
    What fun and creativity! Love the use of the old library cards and the poetic connections to science.
    - Kay McGriff
  11. February 10, 2017 11:26 AM EST
    I like how your post flows, and your creativity grows. It's more than a cold breeze up here in New England today. It's a winter wonderland!
    - Brenda at friendlyfairytales
  12. February 10, 2017 11:53 AM EST
    Those are the coolest cards -- love the pocket inside :). And congrats on having your poem appear in the magazine!
    - jama
  13. February 10, 2017 2:17 PM EST
    Congratulations on your poem, Robyn. Your Valentine cards are a clever idea! You are so creative. I'm going back to your artsyletters blog now and look around a bit more. Have a great weekend!
    - Linda
  14. February 10, 2017 2:22 PM EST
    Congrats on the science poem publishing. Doesn't it just amaze you what can be done now - as opposed to even just a few years ago? Imagine in ten more years what will be commonplace!
    - Donna Smith
  15. February 10, 2017 2:33 PM EST
    Glad your wonderful poem is getting shared with new folks--and cool cards, my creative friend!
    - Buffy Silverman
  16. February 10, 2017 7:49 PM EST
    Congratulations Robyn on the publication of your poem! I enjoyed your 3-D printer poem, and I agree the 3-D printers are pretty amazing.
    - Michelle Kogan
  17. February 10, 2017 9:18 PM EST
    I love it: bioprinting and library pockets with checkout cards side by side. I stopped over at and loved the cards you crafted with found text and vintage library card catalog cards. They key is a nice touch. So clever.
    - Alice Nine
  18. February 11, 2017 7:02 AM EST
    Such creativity!
    - Mary Lee Hahn
  19. February 11, 2017 8:33 AM EST
    Congratulations, Robyn! Love what you were able to create with those cards - just lovely!
    - Tara Smith
  20. February 11, 2017 9:23 AM EST
    Hi, Kay - thanks for dropping in! Those library cards are my new obsession. ;0)

    Stay warm, Brenda, though I know you'll appreciate all the wonder around you whatever the temperature. Thanks for coming by!

    Hi, Jama - I know YOU appreciate pockets, those used by humans and those used by teddy bears. (& Thanks)

    Linda, Hey there! I've been meaning to get to your blog since yesterday. Will visit later today! Thanks for the kind words; I'm still needing to "re-stock" post-holidays, but more fun stuff coming soon.

    Donna, It's kind of hard to process how much technology has changed daily life in our lifetimes, isn't it? Glad poetry is still a part of it, though. We'll always need poetry!

    Hey, Buffy, my go-to Poetry+Science connection. Thanks for popping in & for your kind words.

    Thanks, Michelle - And I remember back in the day when persnickety personal printers were novelties! ;0)

    Alice, thank you for visiting! And visiting all around. I'm a sucker for old keys. Have a great weekend!

    Thanks, Mary Lee! :0)

    Hi, Tara - much appreciation. Happy Valentine's Time!
    - Robyn Black
  21. February 12, 2017 9:20 AM EST
    Very inspiring, Robyn--in the "old days" I used to handmake valentines for all my friends. One of my best ideas was to "draw" hearts with thread on a postcard sized sheet of clear contact paper and then apply it to a card. They were called Valentangles. : ) Nowadays we are reduced to commercially printed photo cards because we couldn't get our News Year's cards together in time.

    Next year: a grey January day of handmade Valentines, resolved. Congrats on your published poem. They should have made it 3D somehow!
    - Heidi Mordhorst
  22. February 12, 2017 6:27 PM EST
    "Valentangles" - that's great, Heidi! Thanks for all the kind words and insights, my friend. And, with all on your plate, folks will appreciate wishes from you in any form, I'm sure. Happy Valentine's Day to you and your crew!
    - Robyn Black
  23. February 12, 2017 9:26 PM EST
    Your creative ways always make me smile Robyn.
    I am eager to follow the link to artsyletters.
    So cool to meld poetry + science. I'm glad for your publication in the magazine, via Pomelo Books' anthology.
    Advance Valentine's goodness to you + Your Family.
    - Jan/Bookseedstudio
  24. February 13, 2017 7:46 PM EST
    Oh, Happy Valentine's Day to you & yours, Dear Jan! Thanks for all the literary love you scatter in the world. :0)
    - Robyn Black
  25. February 16, 2017 6:14 PM EST
    What a cool poem, Robyn. I'm curious -- did it have an illustration or photograph accompanying the poem in the magazine? If so, what was it a picture of?
    - Laura Shovan
  26. February 16, 2017 9:27 PM EST
    Hi, Laura - just the pen and ink illustration at the top, which says "3D." (I've tried to set up so the image will appear larger when you click it, but I don't always have success with pictures on this blog.) Thanks for coming by!
    - Robyn Black

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