Bard Of Mars Visits The Pink City

American Poet and Unofficial NASA Poet Laureate, James Ph. Kotsybar, with Jean-Patrick Chaminade, President of the European Academy of Sciences and Arts (EASA). As I look back on my experience, the best part about my week in Occitanie, was being introduced to hundreds of scientists and scholars as an American poet and not hearing, “So, […]

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Too Good An Opportunity To Miss

I have to ask for help to make this happen. Bard Of Mars At “La Ville Rose” Your donation will allow me to present my poetry in person to a scientifically inclined audience of five thousand international guests.  I hope to affirm for them that science and poetry are not in opposition, but benefit by […]

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PAYLOAD SPECIALIST

PAYLOAD SPECIALIST for Christa McAuliffe McAulliffe, lone civilian on doomed flight, who staked her life on those whom she believed would bring her fame that she could use to teach when she returned to Earth, shall be long grieved. For something sadly simple as a seal the engines catastrophically failed. Let’s not point fault, but rather […]

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TOPPING THE STAR CHARTS

In 1977, a recording of “Liu Shui” (流水; Stream), as performed by Guan, was chosen to be included in the Voyager Golden Record, a gold-plated LP recording containing music from around the world, which was sent into outer space by NASA on the Voyager 1 and Voyager 2 spacecraft. It is the longest excerpt included on the disc (lasting seven minutes and […]

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OUMUAMUA, DAGGER OF DEATH

  OUMUAMUA (1I/2017U1) Dagger of Death Oumuamua, dagger from space, is flung at its target end over end – too fast for any rocket to outpace. Earth, spun within the Sun’s disc, can’t defend against this object just recently spied (though it is the size of a football field) – a blade ten times as […]

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FATED NEBULAE

FATED NEBULAE   Like supernovae artists, clouds disperse behemoth art, as stars annihilate. “Sombrero,” “Crab” and “Horsehead” populate the gallery of our known universe. There’s “Eagle” and “Pillars Of Creation,” There’s “Ant,” “Tarantula” and “Pelican.” There’s even one called “Big Running Chicken.” One slightly resembles our great nation. These interstellar Rorschach tests reveal the shapes […]

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Seager, Ye Shall Find

While not included in Bard Of Mars, this is a limerick tribute to Professor Sara Seager of MIT, who kindly authored the foreword to the book. She also was inspiration for the haiku above and below. Sara Seager is a planetary scientist and astrophysicist at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology where she is a Professor […]

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