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Elements of elements
of science

Tom Sharp

Poetry reflecting on the chemical elements


Elements of elements of science contains poetry reflecting on discoveries of the chemical elements.

Each of these poem is the last of each set of poems about an element in The book of science. The title of each poem links to the corresponding page in The book of science.

The black and white drawing above is an abstract representation of a benzine ring using John Dalton’s symbols for hydrogen (circles with dots) and carbon (circles with gray centers). The photos are of patent models from The National Museum of American History, Smithsonian Institution.

Copyright © 2017 Tom Sharp


Poems


Elements of elements of science

Copperness

Lead poisoning

Electrum

Stuff that tarnishes

Forms of carbon

The lost art

Stuff that rusts

Tin mistakes

Poison

Ode to allicin

Liquids

Anhedonia

Work in progress

Stuff that jinxes

Stuff that doesn’t tarnish

Stuff that annoys

Names

Stuff that burns

Manganism

Stuff that explodes

Stuff that sticks

Light and strong

Hard stuff

Earth miners

Minerals

Places

Rare earths

Stuff that shines

Stuff with flaws

Technical stuff

Rare stuff

Stuff with color

Stuff with sparks

Essential stuff

Salty stuff

Metalic stuff

Flubber

Stuff that stings

Lithia waters

Itai-itai disease

Stuff with colors

Metalloid

Stuff that glows

History of the name

Rare dyes

Radioactive stuff

Hidden stuff

Tweedledum and Tweedledee

Tweedledee and Tweedledum

Parker 51

Impermanence

Pyrophoric stuff

My thallium

Partners

Noble

Bizarre stuff

Exceedingly little

Mineral species

Trying

Lewis acids

Doable stuff

You have no idea

Into powder

Sci-fi

Oxygène

Hydrogène

Leshem, Liguria

Unstable

Offenses

Unnatural stuff

Hard to obtain

Properties

Nobility

Sounds mysterious

Neon signs

Superhero

Different isotopes for different folks

Fun with science

Bad stuff

Priority

Anomaly

Synchronicity

Metals everywhere

Eating it

Very bad science

Unstable stuff

Unlucky 87

Island of stability

Pandora’s stuff

P.U.

No curium

Stuff in the home

Daring and danger

Analogues

Naming rights

Et al.

Secrecy

Plenty

Heavy stuff

Tertiary effects

Shining

Pattern

Unnilhexium

Reef of stability

Hypothetical metal

The parable of the amateur prospector

No standard weight

In the future

“In the future,” he said,
raising his index finger . . .

Impractical uses

Unconfirmed stuff

Irritativistic effects

Unidentified effects

An end

Further work

Radioactivity of the rising sun