Crescent moon over ocean by Virginia Hoge

The Astropoetry Blog is about to begin its fourth year of publication.  It’s a good time to pause and reflect on how this blog can be improved to better fulfill its goals—helping to unite science and the poetic spirit, and leading us to discover new meanings in the human experience of the night.

Our intention is to provide a place where the poetry of the night sky can flourish.  Readers are encouraged to send us poems they’ve written that relate to astronomy, as well as astropoems by other poets—classical or contemporary—they have liked.  And your prose commentary about the poem is always welcome, especially when it adds background about when and how the poem came to be written.

New goals for this year:
•    More frequent blog entries.
•    More poems from cultures that have not yet represented here.  If possible, these should be in their original language, with an approximate English translation.
•    More picture/poem combinations.  Readers enjoy a visual experience.
•    A more interactive blog, with more reader input and comment.

Poet Robert Frost once wrote, “I have never started a poem yet whose end I knew.  Writing a poem is discovering.”

So let’s have a year of discovery!

--Bob Eklund, Astropoetry Blog Editor

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