Sunday, December 21, 2008

Favourite Constellations

Crux over Gemini Observatory, Mauna Kea, Hawaii
Photo: © Ovidiu Vaduvescu

This is taken from Favourite Consetellations, the latest offering from SARM’s Astropoetry Master Club and Friends coordinated by Andrei Dorian Gheorghe and designed by Florin Stancu after an idea by Mihai Petrache.

Ovidiu Vaduvescu writes
What do you say about the Southern Cross seen in other conditions (4200 m altitude, 12000 km and 12 h distance from Romania)? Aloha
My own contribution to the project is
in a cold field
on the other side of my world
the southern cross

Gerald England
a reflection from the day I went Stargazing in New Zealand.

Other contributions include

88 optical illusions crawl across the sky
Trailing myths and legends in their wake,
As Gods and monsters slowly fade away
We'll find new shapes among the points of light
And tell ourselves new stories round the fire,
New myths and legends for a star-struck age.

John Francis Haines
(U.K., Leader of the Eight Hand Gang - British network of SF poets and Editor of its newsletter Handshake)

Three she sky-traces
Cassiopeia's W
for woe, love-ending

Steve Sneyd
(U.K., Director of Hilltop Press and Editor of the Data Dump newsletter)
Perhaps my favourite though is this tanka
dogs bark
under Canis Major
I feel hunted
by a cell phone's
distant ringing

Deborah P. Kolodji
(U.S.A., President of the Science Fiction Poetry Association)


  1. You're a poet! And I don't know anything about poetry!
    Best wishes for Christmas.

  2. Gerald, A lovely image and a lovely haiku by you to go with it. "Cold field" in the context is brilliant.
    By coincidence I just wrote a poem 'Dusk Run' which features a star, or more probably a bright planet. Venus? Not a constellation exactly.