Saturday, January 20, 2007

important special star names...

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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!

2 Comments:

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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