Double-life poet Pamela Taylor connected with the North Carolina Museum of Natural Sciences a while back. She’s linked members of Living Poetry with the museum’s Science Cafe program held on Thursday evenings. Writers submit science-themed poetry, the museum staff review and select readers, and then a Poetry Scope Science Cafe is held in the incredibly delicious Daily Planet Cafe inside the museum. (I LOVE their fish and chips!)
The NC Museum of Natural Sciences is one of my favorite spots downtown. When I first moved to Raleigh back in 2007 I spent a rainy day at the museum and loved it. After renovations and additions during the past few years, the museum is even more amazing. The Nature Research Center is fantastic. I had lunch at the museum with poet-friend and museum employee Christina this week and she showed me the “magic table” in the Nature Research Center. You can take any animal in the lab and put it on a table and then menus float up on the table in total Iron Man-style with information about the animal’s habitat, characteristics, etc. There’s also a lab where surgeries are performed on animals, and visitors can watch and talk to the scientist while it’s happening. While walking through we saw kids at one of the lab windows talking to a scientist who was performing a procedure on a turtle.
I love this museum!
The past few times a poetry science cafe event has been organized I did not have time to submit or I was not able to attend. Fortunately, the museum does a great job of streaming a live HD feed of the cafe and provides a recording! (How can you not love this museum?) I’ve watched the other events from home–until last night when I finally got to go in person!
Myself, Bartholomew Barker, Angie Kirby and Pamela Taylor read poems ranging from Appalachian geology to Pangaea. Mine was about global warming, aptly titled “Climate Change.” You can read an older version of the poem (I revised it for the museum) in this issue of Mused Literary Review, and I’m the first poet to read in the video here.