19 November 2004

Swedish poems go to the brightest star ...

Swedish poets have broadcast their poems out into space via radio -- Reuters reports Daniel Sjolin, editor of Swedish poetry magazine Lyrikvannen and organizer of the live reading at a Stockholm observatory as saying: "I can't think of anything more adequate than poetry to communicate what it means to be human". The transmission on Tuesday night was aimed at Vega, the brightest star of the Lyra constellation, which is 25 light-years from Earth -- meaning the poets will have to wait 50 years for alien reviews. (Reuters)

Talking of brightest stars ... The Write Stuff was contacted by a Swedish publisher for permission to use a poem by one of Tasmania's brightest stars, Sarah Day, having discovered it through the Showcase of Tasmanian poetry ... So maybe Tasmanian poetry, although not getting into outer space, does indeed travel a little north of the latte line after all.

2 comments:

Phillip A. Ellis said...

G'day from Australia!

I was wondering what the poem by Ms Day was; I also didn't know if she knew of this event so I have passed along the URL of this blog post to her (I hope that you don't mind).

Phillip

Anne Hugo said...

Thanks for your comment, Philip. It might be too long ago now for me to be able to trace which of Sarah Day's poems the publisher had asked for, but I shall try to find the email from ten years ago ...

Thanks for posting the URL to Sarah, and of course I don't mind your doing so. PS This blog is Australian-based. I just wish I had more time to attend to it. Warm regards, Anne (editor, North of the Latte Line :)