Nick Cave Reads an Animated Poem about Black Holes, Eternity, and How to Bear Our Lives – The Marginalian

How, knowing that even the universe is dying, do we bear our lives?
Most readily, through friendship, through connection, through co-creating the world we want to live in for the brief time we have together on this lonely, perfect planet.
The seventh annual Universe in Verse — a many-hearted labor of love, celebrating the wonder of reality through science and poetry — occasioned a joyous collaboration with Australian musician and writer Nick Cave and Brazilian artist and filmmaker Daniel Bruson on an animated poem reckoning with this central question of being alive.

BUT WE HAD MUSICby Maria Popova
Right this minuteacross time zones and opinionspeople aremaking plansmaking mealsmaking promises and poems
while
at the center of our galaxya black hole with the mass offour billion sunsscreams its open-mouth kiss     of oblivion.
Someday it will swallowEuclid’s postulates and the Goldberg Variations,swallow calculus and Leaves of Grass.
I know this.
And stillwhen the constellation of starlingsflickers across the evening sky,it is     enough
to stand herefor an irrevocable minute     agape with wonder.
It is     eternity.
At 7PM EST on April 7, tune into the livestream of the 2024 Universe in Verse, celebrating the science and wonder of eclipses, to hear Nick tell the ecliptic story of marrying the love of his life, alongside a constellation of other dazzling humans bringing to life the science of gravity and relativity, tides and black holes, the formation of the Moon and the chemistry of the Sun, through poems and stories that help us meet reality on its own terms and broaden the terms on which we meet ourselves and each other.
Couple with Daniel Bruson’s breathtaking animation of former U.S. Poet Laureate Tracy K. Smith’s poem “My God, It’s Full of Stars” from a previous season of The Universe in Verse, then revisit Nick Cave on the art of growing older and the antidote to our existential helplessness.

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