Harry Moseley: “…meteor of a summer night…” Poetry

09252015_044Harry Moseley: “…meteor of a summer night…”

The following original poems were created in response to the special exhibition ‘Dear Harry…Henry Moseley: A Scientist Lost to War‘ and were performed by the authors at a public event held at the Museum to mark National Poetry Day 2015. The poems resulted from a collaboration between members of Oxford Stanza Two and local sixth form students who took part in a poetry workshop at the Museum. You can read one student’s thoughts on the workshop here. Students from The Langley Academy who attended the workshop also took part in the performance on National Poetry Day. While a first for all involved, the evening was a wonderful success, and moving and enjoyable for all involved.

The Museum would like to thank Lucinda Jarrett who proposed and helped facilitate the project, Bill Jenkinson and the members of Oxford Stanza 2, and The Langley Academy students and their teacher Liz Croft. We are delighted to publish the poems here in the order they were read on the evening. To read the individual poems simply click on the poem’s title.

Natural Science

What We Know – Andrew Dixon
We Shall See’ – Sarah Watkinson
Harry’s Eyes Bill Jenkinson
Reciprocal Byader Hamed


Revolutionary Ravi Sharda
Do Not MournAndrew Dixon
From SomewhereBill Jenkinson
Three in the morningMeg Barton
Atomic NumbersBill Jenkinson
Beauty, elegance and other abstractions Jenny Hammond

At the Front

CreaturesAlia Rizwan
Mondays for MoseleyKrishan Sharda
The LineMeg Barton
The puzzle of a bequestLucinda Jarrett


The Charge on the NucleusSarah Watkinson
Gaps and silenceJenny Hammond
Lost Ibrahim Noor
MissingMeg Barton
Rewriting the PastHilda Reed
Lines Carl Tomlinson


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