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Planetary Poems

  • Phillip and Patricia Frost Museum of Science 1101 Biscayne Boulevard Miami, FL, 33132 United States (map)

Planetary Poems
April 12, 2018
Reception at 6:30pm
Program begins promptly at 7:30pm
Tickets $10 ($8 for museum members)


Please join us in the Frost Museum of Science planetarium for a very special O, Miami Poetry Festival initiative.

“Planetary Poems” is a project created by O, Miami and the Frost Museum of Science, in collaboration with Topos Graphics and The Library of Congress Poetry and Literature Center, to animate the work of United States Poet Laureate Tracy K. Smith inside the unique space of the planetarium. 

Designed by Topos Graphics, each animated poem, accompanied by Smith's voice, is "drawn as a constellation" onto Frost Planetarium’s night sky, creating a completely original reading experience.

In addition the unveiling of the animations, the evening also features:

·      Live readings of the Tracy K. Smith poems used for the project
·      A discussion with Rob Casper, Head of the Library of Congress Poetry and Literature Center
·      A demonstration of the planetarium’s capabilities by Jorge Perez-Gallego

During the month of April, "Planetary Poems" will play in between shows at the Phillip and Patricia Frost Museum of Science planetarium. 

However, this unveiling is your ONLY chance to see the animations with Tracy K. Smith's voice.

About the poet
Tracy K. Smith is the current Poet Laureate of the United States and the 2012 winner of the Pulitzer Prize in Poetry for her collection Life on Mars (Penguin), which was inspired by her relationship with her late father, an engineer who worked on the creation of the Hubble Telescope.

About the Phillip and Patricia Frost Museum of Science (Frost Science)     
Located in Downtown Miami’s Museum Park, the Phillip and Patricia Frost Museum of Science is a leading science museum dedicated to sharing the power of science, sparking wonder and investigation, and fueling innovation for the future. Sitting on four acres, the 250,000-square-foot museum is divided into four buildings: the Frost Planetarium, Aquarium, and the North and West Wings. At Frost Science, visitors can explore the world of science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) in an experiential setting with interactive exhibitions and unique shows. Frost Science is supported by the Miami-Dade County Department of Cultural Affairs and the Cultural Affairs Council, the Miami-Dade County Mayor and Board of County Commissioners of Miami-Dade County. This project is supported by the Building Better Communities Bond Program and the City of Miami. It is sponsored, in part, by the State of Florida, Department of State, Division of Cultural Affairs and the Florida Council on Arts and Culture. The museum is accredited by the American Alliance of Museums, is an affiliate of the Smithsonian Institution and a member of the Association of Science and Technology Centers. Learn more at  Follow Frost Science on Facebook, Instagram and Twitter @frostscience.    

Earlier Event: April 11
Om, Miami