Saturday, January 20, 2007

important special star names...





stellar found poetry in a small pamphlet published by the adler planetarium chicago in 1942 on the preferred spellings and pronunciations of constellations, clusters, and my favorite - the fifty important special star names.

the blue mimeograph color reminds me of grammar school newspapers, and the graphic design done on a typewriter is all the work of human hand made ingenuity... i strongly encourage clicking on the images to see them bigger.

there is a beauty here that is part concrete poetry, part henri chopin typewriter poem, and part the indeterminacy of jackson maclow...

did you know mirfak's equivalent is persei?

there's a "key to pronunciations", which explains how to speak the words through a list that runs from "a as in ale, fate, maker, profane" to "u as in burn, hurl, hurt, urge, urn". the booklet begs to be spoken out loud; and with no other explanatory information, all one can do is read and revel in the beautiful sounds of the words... pronounced as they ought to be!


Blogger dave said...

Would it be possible to see bigger scans? I know you can usually 'view other sizes' on Flickr, I'd love to print these out and frame them, they're gorgeous.

9:37 PM  
Blogger sroden said...

you should be able to get them on flickr, i scanned them 150%, click and see, i'm not exactly a flickr expert so if there's a problem let me know...

9:35 PM  

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