November 19th, 2005

Egrets Reading

Pluto & the Changing Universe

One of the drawbacks to writing poetry about science and astronomy is that as new discoveries unfold, a poem becomes easily outdated if its premise was written based upon older theories and understandings of our universe.

On Halloween, it was announced that Pluto, that oddball planet at the edge of our solar system which rotates in a different plane than the rest of us, might have two additional moons.

Emily Gaskin raised a concern in her blog as to what this means for my poem, "Pluto Waltzes" in the Fall 2004 issue of Astropoetica, which is based on the premise that Pluto and Charon are dancing together in their own plane at the edge of the solar system. Now, it appears that there are two other dance partners trying to cut in.

In the meantime, I've written another Pluto poem about these two new Halloween moons, called "Intelligence Report," which appears as today’s poetic interpretation of the news at The New Verse News.