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!
©Robyn Hood Black. All rights reserved.
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