Eclipse

Eclipse2Poetry and science meet in this short poem sequence that looks to the skies to explore the many ways we try to comprehend our vast, mysterious, universe… exploration, equations, imagination… science or superstition…

Informed by fascinating conversations with University of Sussex astronomers during my residency in the Physics and Astronomy Department, the sequence is infused with the mysteries of dark matter. Scientists say we see only 4% of the universe, the rest is dark matter, dark energy. But no-one’s sure exactly what that is.

This lyric sequence tells the story of one particular encounter, which in turn spins us back to ancient moon myths, mathematical equations, and characters across the centuries who looked to the skies, trying to find answers. From Galileo and Newton to today’s scientists working to solve the mystery of dark matter, Eclipse celebrates the curiosity we share when we look up at the night sky.

Winner in 2012/13 iOTA Shot competition.

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