Day Sixteen. Definitely past the pivot point, the fulcrum, the hump, today. Let's move on, forge ahead, hump the boonies, in the spirit of poetry and art and, you'll see later, science as well.
Maureen Thorson's NaPoWriMo prompt: "Today, I challenge you to write in the form known as the terzanelle. A hybrid of the villanelle and terza rima." This form was invented by Lewis Turco, and his poem "Terzanelle in Thunderweather" appears online with "how-to" advice.
Robert Lee Brewer's PAD prompt: "For today’s prompt, write a science poem. Your poem could be about science in a general sense, but you can also latch onto a specific field or story. Maybe write a poem about the scientific method, or juxtapose science against another idea like love, war, or cuisine. Remember: Science is the springboard; which way you jump is up to you."
Recently an article made the viral rounds exploring how Vincent Van Gogh's painting The Starry Night "sheds light on the concept of turbulent flow in fluid dynamics, one of the most complex ideas to explain mathematically and among the hardest for the human mind to grasp." It occurred to me the difficult twists and turns of the terzanelle might make it a usable form to talk about this confluence of science and art.
Turbulence and Van Gogh's Starry Night
I'll offer an apology now, just in case, to Natalya St. Clair, who created the TED-Ed video that was the centerpiece of the article mentioned above. Ms. St. Clair, I've undoubtedly distorted your science and, if so, I am sorry for my poor poet's understanding. Nevertheless, I hope you enjoy the poem, which honors your work. And of course Van Gogh's.
Alan was on the same adventure today. His intro: "I attempted the NaPoWriMo 'terzanelle' with the PAD 'science' combo."
Good terzanelle, Alan. You did less fooling around with the lines than I. Tough form, huh. Bravo!
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