I will be reading my winning poem "Listening to Jupiter" at 12pm and being interviewed by Danny Callaghan of Ceramic City Stories as part of the Fun Palaces experience. The Wedgwood Institute in Burslem is an amazing example of Victorian architecture in the style of Venetian Gothic which would not look out of place on the Grand Canal itself.
Listening to Jupiter
Call it what you like
The music, the language of the cosmos
The expanding universe, the supernova;
red-shifting light from distant stars
Does it matter
if dark energy exists, filling the space
galactic islands; engimatic energy
imagined but forever unseen
bending space and time across
dimensions, the observable universe.
Can we glimpse our past?
Particles are good vibrations:
An ensemble of invisible strings.
Science may confuse it
yet planets sing,
and underlying unities of nature
I have listened to Jupiter;
am sure of the music of the spheres.
©June Palmer April 2015
Music of the spheres is an ancient philosophical concept that regards proportions in the movements of celestial bodies - the Sun, Moon, and planets - as a form of "music" not usually thought to be literally audible, but a harmonic, mathematical or religious concept. The idea continued to appeal to thinkers about music until the end of the Renaissance, influencing scholars of many kinds, including humanists.
Author - June Palmer