two decades after I imagined this term and twelve years after I
officially launched it at SARM's Cosmopoetry Festival 1996 in
Targoviste, I have to re-define the concept by basing on its practical
evolution over time.
TWENTY SAZARTINIAN COSMOPOETIC PEREGRINATIONS (2008)
To the International Year of Astronomy 2009
ROMANIAN ASTROHUMANISM (XX) (2009)
SARM AT UNESCO - IAU - IYA UNDER THE SIGN OF GALILEO (2009)
ASTROPOETRY TO THE INTERNATIONAL YEAR OF ASTRONOMY (2009)
After Steliana and Costica Gheorghe
ASTROPOETRY TO THE GLOBAL ASTRONOMY MONTH 2010 (2010)
ROMANIAN ASTROHUMANISM (XXI) (2010)
FAR SUNS (2010)
ASTRONOMY AROUND THE DARMANESTI CASTLE (2010)
LOOKING FOR THE ZIMMER TOWER (2010)
HERCULES OF ANTWERP (2010)
ASTRONOMIC THOUGHTS IN THE MAIN CAPITALS OF BENELUX (2010)
FRENCH TGV LIKE A SPACE ROCKET (2010)
ROMANIAN ASTROHAIGA (2010)
ANNULAR SOLAR ECLIPSE 2010 OVER THE INDIAN OCEAN (2010)
TOTAL SOLAR ECLIPSE 2010 OVER THE PACIFIC OCEAN (2010)
MAXIMUM ALERT (2010)
CUPOLA IN THE WATER (2010)
ANTI LIGHT POLLUTION CENTRAL-EUROPEAN EXPEDITION (2010)
THAT MYSTERIOUS MAN AND HIS LUNETTE (2010)
JUPITER'S OPPOSITION 2010 (2010)
ASTRO-PHOTO IN BONN (2010)
MORE ON METEOR CONTEMPORARY POETRY PROJECT (2010)
GRAVITATING AROUND THE BIG BEN AND THE LONDON EYE (2010)
A VISIT TO THE ROYAL GREENWICH OBSERVATORY (2010)
TO THE IRISH MONUMENT OF LIGHT (2010)
THE 14TH ANNUAL ASTROPOETRY SHOW AT THE IMC (ARMAGH, SEPTEMBER 2010) (2010)
The First 15 Years (1995-2010) - Brief Retrospective
1995. In August, Valentin Grigore (founder and president of SARM) and Andrei Dorian Gheorghe (leader of the Cosmopoetry Group 90) decide to create the Cosmopoetry multiproject in order to obtain international recognition for astronomical poetry as a distinctive gender called ASTROPOETRY, and to expand it in combination with other astronomical arts as a gender called COSMOPOETRY; the first action is a folder in English with poems and proverbs about meteors by Andrei Dorian Gheorghe, which is presented at the International Meteor Conference 1995 in Brandenburg (Germany) in September.
1996. SARM inaugurates its original annual Cosmopoetry Festival, the first 4 editions taking place in the town of Targoviste during SARM's annual Perseid event; this festival will be also accompanied by an International Showroom of Astronomical Arts, Photos and Publications in 1997-1999, and will launch more astropoetry mini-publications in the Romanian language as supplements of SARM's magazine Noi si Cerul - Us and the Sky in 1996-2001. A few folders with Andrei Dorian Gheorghe's astropoetic dramas and Romanian astropoems are presented at the International Meteor Conference 1996 in Apeldoorn (Holland) in September, becoming the first initiative of Romanian Contemporary Astropoetry and Guests, a SARM project of printed anthologies in English (supplements of the magazine Noi si Cerul, too), active until 2002; also at the IMC 1996, SARM inaugurates its annual poster of astro-photo-art-poetry.
1997. SARM's astropoetry folders 1996 are presented at the astronomical summer school for young professional astronomers held by Vatican Observatory. The SARM astropoetry anthology 1997 is presented at the International Meteor Conference 1997 in Petnica (Yugoslavia), where SARM also founds the annual Astropoetry Show (a spectacle unique in the world) of the event.
1998. SARM's astro/cosmo-poetry activities begin to be remarked by foreign publications of astronomy, literature and science fiction, their list for the next years including Meteor (Spain), Data Dump, New Hope International, The Dragon Chronicle, Zimmerzine, Handshake and Popular Astronomy (all from UK), Scope (Canada), Ciel et Espace (France), WGN and IMC Proceedings (International Meteor Organization), Guy Ottewell's annual Astronomical Calendar (USA), Astronomia (Israel), Page 84 (England/Belgium), Wordrights (Washington DC, USA), AAS Journal (New Zealand) etc. A SARM anthology, Romanian Christian Contemporary Poetry, is presented at a jubilee astronomical meeting organized by the Vatican Observatory. A larger SARM anthology of astropoetry 1998 and the 2nd SARM Astropoetry Show are presented at the International Meteor Conference 1998 in Stara Lesna (Slovakia), the same anthology being exhibited afterwards at events organized by the International Astronomical Union in Slovakia (about meteoroids, asteroids and comets) and Czech Republic (the European astronomical meeting for youth). SARM astro-photo-art-poetry posters begin to be exhibited at other international events, including the European meeting of youth organizations in Bucharest 1998, the conference of the International Resource and Education Network in Chattanooga (USA) 1998, the international meeting of non-governmental organizations in Seoul (Korea) 1999 etc. SARM's astropoetry anthologies are solicited by the Science Fiction Foundation Library (placed in Liverpool, UK). A SARM library of astropoetry is open for a few years at the Admiral Vasile Urseanu Bucharest Municipal Observatory.
1999. In August SARM organizes the most complex cultural-astronomical-tourist-artistic event dedicated to the last total solar eclipse of the 2nd millennium, EuRoEclipse Perseids 99 (250 participants from 4 continents), with special cultural-artistic components: the International Cosmopoetry Festival in the English language and the International Showroom of Astronomical Arts, Photos and Publications (exhibits from 30 countries). A SARM mini-anthology, Romanian Astro-Haiku, is reviewed by Gerald England in New Hope International and receives appreciations from the British Haiku Society. Romanian Contemporary Astropoetry and Guests 1999 is presented at the International Astronomical Union's summer school 1999 (held by Romania) and at the International Meteor Conference 1999 in Frasso Sabino (Italy), where SARM also gives the 3rd Astropoetry Show. A SARM mini-anthology of meteor poems by Romanian young sky lovers is published in a web site of the international observational project for high school students, Leonids, initiated by the National Observatory of Japan.
2000. SARM begins to cooperate with the Science Fiction Poetry Association (USA) and its magazine Star*Line. From now on, the Cosmopoetry Festival is expanded through galas and spectacles in more Romanian localities, the main place becoming the Admiral Vasile Urseanu Bucharest Municipal Observatory. In April, SARM exhibits a poster of astro-photo-art-poetry and observational results, and presents an astropoetry show at NASA's Leonid MultiInstrument Aircraft Campaign Wokshop in Tel Aviv (Israel), some of the Romanian astropoems being published later in the conference proceedings. In July, a SARM astropoetry mini-anthology about asteroids is exhibited at the US-European Celestial Mechanics Workshop organized by the National Science Foundation (USA) in Poznan (Poland). Romanian Contemporary Astropoetry and Guests 2000 (including 121 contributors, 60 of them from foreign countries) is exhibited in the SARM astro-photo-art-poetry poster made by Stefan Berinde at the International Astronomical Union congress in Manchester (U.K.). SARM organizes the 19th International Meteor Conference in Pucioasa (Romania), presenting its annual international astropoetry anthology, a national showroom of meteor photo-art-mythology-poetry, and a festival of international meteor poetry.
2001. In January, SARM organizes at the Admiral Vasile Urseanu Bucharest Municipal Observatory with the support of the Science Fiction Poetry Association (USA) the first astropoetry gala of the 3rd millennium. In February, invited by the French Prime Minister, SARM gives a presentation file with 6 short astropoems at the centenary celebration of the associativity law in the European Parliament (Bruxelles, Belgium). In August, SARM presents an astropoetry show at the European Convention of Science Fiction in the Danubian island of Atlantykron-Capidava (Romania). In September, SARM presents Romanian Contemporary Astropoetry and Guests 2001 and the 5th Astropoetry Show at the International Meteor Conference 2001 in Cerkno (Slovenia). From this year on, SARM publishes newsletters of astropoetry in the Romanian language in the national electronic list of astronomy, entitled just SARM ("the daily astropoem", followed by "astrohumanism", followed by "sporadic astrohumanism", and since 2006 by the monthly newsletter "Cosmopoetry Festival").
2002. SARM is one of the most active participants (3 readings in Bacau, Targoviste and Bucharest) in the edition 2002 of the largest-ever poetry project, Dialogue (Among Civilizations) Through Poetry (Readings) - organized by the United Nations Society of Writers and Rattappallax Press from New York -, its contribution being included in the project anthology. SARM is the most active group (20 readings) in another world project, Poetry on the Peaks, organized on the occasion of the International Year of Mountains by Rattappallax Press (USA), which publishes on the Internet after that the SARM anthology Astropoetry on the Peaks. A SARM astropoetry mini-anthology is exhibited at the Asteroids, Comets, Meteors conference organized by the European Space Agency in Berlin (Germany). Romanian Contemporary Astropoetry and Guests 2002 is the last printed anthology of SARM presented at the International Meteor Conference, edition 2002 in Frombork (Poland), where SARM also directs the 6th Astropoetry Show. In December, SARM publishes a Leonid 2002 mini-anthology in the electronic archive of the International Meteor Organization (IMO-News), which will become the prologue of Meteor Contemporary Poetry Project (the first regular astropoetry project patronized by a world astronomical organization).
2003. A SARM astropoetry tribute to the astronauts of the Columbia space shuttle (disappeared in a tragic accident) is published in Southern California Poetix (USA). SARM becomes the most active national group (4 readings in Bucharest, Targoviste, Bacau and Cluj, and the biggest number of contributors) in Dialogue Through Poetry 2003 of the United Nations Society of Writers and Rattappallax Press from New York, the Romanian astropoems being published in the project anthology. SARM coordinates the first two anthologies in IMO's Meteor Contemporary Poetry Project and directs the 7th Astropoetry Show at the International Meteor Conference 2003 in Bollmannsruh (Germany). SARM begins a long cooperation with the new American web magazine Astropoetica, which honors the Romanian astropoetry movement by creating the sub-domain "SARM Golden Astropoetic Gallery", where SARM becomes, in one of the three chapters, the first national group in the world that dedicates at least an astropoem to each of the 88 official constellations.
2004. The SARM members Andrei Dorian Gheorghe and Dan Mitrut publish two astropoems as a unique Astropoetic Declaration of the Day in the international campaign "Save the Hubble" dedicated to the space telescope, and later two other astropoems in the 5th International Anthology on Paradoxism. SARM coordinates two new anthologies in IMO's Meteor Contemporary Poetry Project, and directs the 8th Astropoetry Show at the International Meteor Conference 2004 in Varna (Bulgaria). In June, a SARM astropoetry anthology about the Venus transit convinces the European Southern Observatory to open (and of course to include it in) a new chapter, Writings, in the web project dedicated to this rare phenomenon.
2005. SARM coordinates two other anthologies for IMO's Meteor Contemporary Poetry Project, directs the 9th Astropoetry Show at the International Meteor Conference 2005 in Oostmalle (Belgium), and launches its own web domain, Cosmopoetry - SARM and Friends - (organized by coordinator Andrei Dorian Gheorghe, president of SARM Valentin Grigore, web masters and designers Calin Niculae 2005-2006, Gabriel Ivanescu 2006-2008 and Florin Stancu since 2008, plus secretary Alexandru Sebastian Grigore since 2010), with the "breathtaking" project of astro-photo-art-poetry The Best of SARM. In October, at the Convention of Britain's Society for Popular Astronomy held in Cambridge (England), the SPA Meteor Section displays an international retrospective of the Leonid meteor shower 1998-2002, which includes a SARM poetical chronicle - the text will be published in WGN (the Journal of the International Meteor Organization) and republished by the famous digital library of Harvard/ NASA/ Smithsonian.
2006. SARM publishes an original anthology, Romanian Comet Contemporary Poetry, in the international electronic list of the comet lovers (led from USA). SARM coordinates the anthologies 7 and 8 for IMO's Meteor Contemporary Poetry Project and directs the 10th Astropoetry Show (partcipants from 11 countries) at the International Meteor Conference 2006 in Roden (Holland). Another realization of SARM is the beginning of the cooperation with the international blogspot project of British haiku community with Andrei Dorian Gheorghe's astrohaikus on Romanian sky lovers' photographs. A few astropoems by SARM members are included in the 6th International Anthology on Paradoxism. SARM publishes in Astropoetica (USA) two special short anthologies, Universal Impressions (by Romanian young astropoets) and Astropoetic Tribute to Dr. Harald Alexandrescu (an astronomer who marked that generation of Romanian sky lovers and astropoets). In December, SARM organizes an astropoetry reading for an international event of "Poets for Human Rights", the Romanian anthology being initially published in USA. SARM launches three international super-projects in Cosmopoetry: Passports for a Heavenly Expedition (tourist astropoetry), Meetings in Dejhagascar (astrohaiku), and Astravantgarde (which announces the opening of SARM's Astropoetry Master Club).
2007. SARM coordinates the anthologies 9 and 10 for IMO's Meteor Contemporary Poetry Project, directs the 11th Astropoetry Show (participants from 13 countries) at the International Meteor Conference 2007 in Bareges (France), and launches more web super-projects: Comet McNaught Haiku, Moon and Fellows, Sunspot Haiku, Top 31 DSO, Pick du Midi You Made Us Happy, Meteor Poetry Manifesto, Messier Meteors, Newton and the Striking Apple etc.
2008. SARM directs the 12th Astropoetry Show at the International Meteor Conference 2008 in Sachticka (Slovakia) and coordinates the last anthology for IMO's electronic list, entitled this time Meteor Poetry 2008. SARM launches other web super-projects in Cosmopoetry: World Astrotipuritura Championship, SARM's Intercontinental Astro-Ecologic Verse Tournament, Another Perseus, Favourite Constellations etc.
2009. In January, the SARM leaders Valentin Grigore (president) and Andrei Dorian Gheorghe (cutural counsellor) participate at the Opening Ceremony of the International Year of Astronomy and the International Astronomical Union Symposium 260 (the Role of Astronomy in Society and Culture) at the UNESCO headquarters in Paris by presenting a Romanian astro-photo-art-poetry exhibition, a poster and an astropoetry show (during their lecture); after that they realize the amplest photo-chronicle of the events, entitled SARM at UNESCO-IAU-IYA. SARM also realizes an exceptional super-project, Astropoetry to the International Year of Astronomy 2009, which is recommended as "the largest-ever tribute of astronomical poetry" in the IYA2009 official web site, and is nominated for the IYA2009 Mani Bhaumik Prize for Excellence in Astronomy Education and Public Outreach; two chapters (of the sixteen chapters) of this project describe the two festivals of astronomy organized by SARM in Targoviste on the occasion of the greatest international contest-projects of public astronomy in history, for which SARM receives two impressive awards: Highly Commended for the 100 Hours of Astronomy largest single registered event and Winner for the Outstanding Galilean Nights Event (since the Targoviste festival for Galilean Nights was crowned by a spectacle of international astropoetry, entitled Galilean Poetry, we can conclude that ASTROPOETRY IS AN ELITE PART OF THIS "OUTSTANDING" WORLD AWARD GIVEN BY THE SUPREME INSTANCES IN ASTRONOMY AND CULTURE, the International Astronomical Union and UNESCO). Another chapter of the project is dedicated to the 13th annual Astropoetry Show, this time (due to special reasons) an electronic one, based on SARM's international astro-photo-poetry poster at the International Meteor Conference in Porec (Croatia).
2010. SARM receives the honor to organize an official world project, Astropoetry to the Global Astronomy Month 2010, for the new event created by Astronomers Without Borders, and realizes the "largest-ever web page of astronomical poetry and astropoetic images". Another SARM anthology is published in the new launched Astropoetry Blog of the Astronomers Without Borders (which, in the future, will take over the SARM astropoetry concept for GAM 2010). SARM also directs the 14th (and the largest-ever, with participants from 5 continents) Astropoetry Show at the International Meteor Conference 2010 in Armagh (Northern Ireland), which becomes the subject of a new web super-project. At the same time, SARM launches a real web monument of astropoetry, More on Meteor Contemporary Poetry Project, dedicated to the memory of best supporters of this movement: Costica Gheorghe (died in 2007) and Steliana Gheorghe (died in 2009).
EUROPEAN WINTER ASTRO-STORY OF THE PARTIAL SOLAR ECLIPSE 2011 (2011)
NORMAL SEQUENCES IN A FABULOUS BUCHAREST (2011)
AT THE PUERTA DEL SOL DURING THE NIGHTTIME (2011)
EL TEIDE MAGNETISM (2011)
THE LORO PARK AND THE CELESTIAL PARK (2011)
EXPEDITION TO EL GRAN TELESCOPIO CANARIAS IN LA ISLA BONITA
AND MUCH MORE FOR...
GLOBAL ASTRONOMY MONTH 2011 (2011)
OLD PHOTO-MEMORIES FROM THE LOWER DANUBE (2011)
KNIGHTS OF THE ORDER OF ALUMINIUM (2011)
CELESTIAL MISCHIEFS IN SOUTH AND NORTH (2011)
A SUPERNOVA IN THE WHIRLPOOL OF TWO HUNTING DOGS (2011)
A TALK BETWEEN TWO TOTAL LUNAR ECLIPSES (2011)
THE 15TH ANNUAL ASTROPOETRY SHOW AT THE INTERNATIONAL METEOR CONFERENCE (2011)
INTERNATIONAL OLYMPICOSMOPOETRIADA I
GLOBAL ASTRONOMY MONTH 2012 (2012)
THE GHOST-OBSERVATORY (2012)
LIBRARY AND PLANETARIUM (2012)
SACRED GEOMETRY AT COZIA (2012)
DANUBE AND ROSES AT BRAILA (2012)
TO BE STELLAR ON HONG KONG'S WATERS (2012)
A ZODIACAL BRIDGE IN CLUJ (2012)
SUNSET IN GIULESTINA (2012)
CELESTIAL TALES IN DEJHAGASCAR (2012)
A BOULEVARD TO ALCOR (2012)
LOOKING FOR THE STAR IN SYDNEY (2012)
CASTOR AND POLLUX OF BUCHAREST (2012)
THE UNIVERSE PALACE AT DUSK (2012)
EMINESCU AND POPESCU or TRADUTTORE = TRADITORE + SALVATORE (2012)
A SPACE-TIME EDIFICE (2012)
IT'S RAINING, SO LET'S GO TO IKEBUKURO'S SUNSHINE CITY! (2012)
SAINT GEORGE AND A POOR GHEORGHE (2012)
CORBASCA ERA OF FALLING STARS (2012)
THE ZODIAC BUILDING AND A ZODIACAL ASTROPOEM (2012)
TRANSYLVANIAN MONUMENTS WITH ASTRO-ELEMENTS (2012)
ANNULAR SOLAR ECLIPSE 2012 IN THE HEART OF JAPAN (2012)
COSMIC SYMBOLS IN BUCHAREST - 1 (2012)
LOOKING FOR THE COSMOS AMONG KOWLOON'S SKYSCRAPERS (2012)
LOOKING FOR THE HEAVENS AMONG BUCHARESTIAN SKYCARESSERS (2012)
ROMANIAN COSMOPOETIC STORIES ABOUT THE VENUS TRANSITS IN THE 21st CENTURY (2012)
TOTAL SOLAR ECLIPSE 2012 IN FAR NORTH QUEENSLAND (2012)
THE METEORITE FROM MOCIU (2012)
CELESTIAL WALKS IN SINGAPORE UNDER THE SIGN OF RAFFLES (2012)
LUNAR FANTASIES 2012 IN BUCHAREST (2012)
INTERNATIONAL COSMOPOETRY CHALLENGE
GLOBAL ASTRONOMY MONTH 2013
ASTROTOURISM, TEMPLES AND COSMIC REFLECTIONS
A FEW ROMANIAN WONDERS AND SOMETHING
ABOUT AN ASTEROID CALLED ROMANIA (2013)
POSITIONING MOUNT OLYMPUS (2013)
FROM ETERNAL SUNRISES TO SOLAR SYMBOLS IN CERNICA (2013)
WITH IRIS THROUGH ANTIQUE GREECE (2013)
BETWEEN TWO EQUINOXES OR SOMETHING ABOUT
"ROMANIAN THERMOPYLAE" (2013)
BRIGHT ACROPOLIS! (2013)
FROM THE STREET OF THE MOON TO "ROMANIAN SOCRATES" (2013)
ASTRONOMERS AT JERUSALEM (2013)
ANOTHER KIND OF HERO AND SOMETHING ABOUT THE STAR OF KINGS
IN ROMANIA (2013)
INTERSECTIONS IN THE VALE OF TEMPI (2013)
AROUND THE ASTROPOEM OF A QUEEN (2013)
A LETTER TO THE WONG TAI SIN TEMPLE (2013)