Sunday, February 17, 2019

Ready for launch - a poem for Valentina Tereshkova #2


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Ready for launch


The suit is working well.
The inflow stream is working well.
I’m ready for launch.
I feel excellent.
Everything is normal.
I’m not a delicate lady.
Everything is normal on board.
I’m ready for launch.
I’m taking up the initial position.
Feeling excellent.



Valentina Tereskova preparing for launch.
Image credit: @Sputnik

















This is a poem made by selecting and rearranging words from a segment of conversation in the transcript of Valentina Tereshkova's epic orbit of the Earth in 1963. So in a way we are joint authors of this work. Note also the influence of Gertrude Stein.


Sunday, February 03, 2019

Fourth orbit: a poem for Valentina Tereshkova


Fourth orbit

19 hours 25 minutes
I sang songs for him
In the centre
such a blue spot.
Here now
the Sun
so orange, not red,
not light red, but
orange.
I’m also feeling excellent.
Here now
the Sun
visible and lit up
In the outer ring
the horizon is visible.
It’s a very beautiful sight
at first it’s light blue,
then lighter,
then dark…


Image courtesy of wrexham.com
http://www.wrexham.com/news/hurricane-ophelia-creates-red-sun-phenomenon-over-wrexham-138803.html




















This is a poem made by selecting and rearranging words from a paragraph in the transcript of Valentina Tereshkova's words during her epic orbit of the Earth in 1963.  It seemed to me that the poetry was already in there and only needed coaxing to bring out. I feel there's something a little Gertrude Stein-esque about it too.





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