“The skies are full of them”

A student gave me Adrienne Rich’s poem “Planetarium” on astronomer Caroline Hershel, because of feminist identification and because I had been an important professor. I did not know the poem and liked it because I take seriously the relationship between earth and sky.

The reproductions I found were not laid out visually in the attractive way the poem was printed in the book, so I will give you the visual thesaurus version of “Planetarium.”

Caroline Hershel received the Gold Medal for Science from the King of Prussia in 1846, and it was conveyed to her by Alexander von Humboldt.


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