Gingko Fossil Tea by Susannah Lydon & Robin Lamboll Ginkgo Fossil Tea was written as part of a project called Experimental Words. It brought together ten scientists and ten poets, over a few months in early 2021, to produce a “high-energy collision of science and spoken word." Guest artwork by Madison Foran.
The Unpetrified Forest - by Margaret Matthew Forest Margaret wrote this poem to accompany a mural she painted based on the Triassic fauna of Petrified Forest National Park. Guest artwork by Brigid Christison.
'Twas the Eve of the Cretaceous - by Leo J. Hickey This seasonal poem spans from the Jurassic to the Paleocene, and describes the rise of angiosperms and the effect that had on primate evolution. Guest artwork by Megan Leslie
The Petrified Fern - by Mary Bolles Branch This Palaeo-Botany poem is about how context may change the meaning of fossils. This poem also fits into the capitalist and colonial mentality that everything and everyone must be useful in some way, and that finding that use is a noble cause. Guest artwork by Fatema.
A Botanical Dream - by Dr. Ellen Marion Delf-Smith 20th century botanist and pioneering woman in science Dr. Marion Delf-Smith uplifted generations of young women to follow in her footsteps... and also dabbled in writing Palaeopoems. Marion wrote "A Botanical Dream" for a women-run botanical comedy magazine in the early 1910s. This post is in honour of her birthday, January 31st, 1883. Guest artwork by John Meszaros.