Back in 2014 I was writing poems about some of the more spooky nebulae , such as The Witches Broom and The Flaming Skull, for Hallowe'en. It really happened that as I was researching the details about this amazing flaming skull image on the NASA site, the news of Virgin Galactic's SpaceshipTwo crash dropped into the dialogue box on the right hand side of my screen.
I'm sad to say, one of the two pilots on board was killed in this accident, but the other pilot managed to eject and survived. Needless to say, I was shaken by the coincidence, but decided I wanted to touch on the tragedy in my poem. Consilience Journal has published this poem, From the Flaming Skull Nebula in their new Geoscience issue, online now at: https://www.consilience-journal.com/si/geoscience/from-the-flaming-skull-nebula
I'm very taken with this refreshing journal, which is run by a team of editors, who work hard to explore the boundaries between poetry and science. They make themselves available to offer constructive criticism on poems they feel fit within their remit and, in my experience, it makes for an interesting dialogue to work with them.