“the little Mars rover”: Matthew Rohrer’s “There Is Absolutely Nothing Lonelier”

photo (74)A couple weeks ago, Mr. O and I were able to go see The Martian in the theatre (a rare treat); I absolutely loved the book and heartily endorse the movie. There was a catch, however: now I want to re-read the book, and since this is the season when my desire to read all the books smashes up my need to knit all the things—Houston, we have a problem.

To satisfy my sci-fi craving, first I tried to convince our four-year-old to watch WALL-E, but no dice; he’s preemptively scared of most movies. You’re thinking that maybe I should just look forward to the next Star Wars, but I say unto you: thrice bitten, still shy (and still going, but that’s beside the point).

So then I started thinking about poetry, and while I continue to commend Tracy K. Smith’s Life on Mars to you, I have a new poem for your perusal. I owe a tip of the hat to poet Simeon Berry on this one, who posted a link to Matthew Rohr’s poem “There Is Absolutely Nothing Lonelier” a few days ago.

You will never read a JPL press release quite the same way again.

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7 thoughts on ““the little Mars rover”: Matthew Rohrer’s “There Is Absolutely Nothing Lonelier”

  1. That’s how I felt about Mark when I read The Martian – that he must have been so lonely. Although, I know, it is not necessarily the people who are alone that are the loneliest. And, I think Mark was pretty good company for himself.
    I wasn’t a big fan of the last 3 Star Wars movies, but I hear the new one is good. My Mom’s going to test it out for me. 🙂

  2. I still haven’t read that or gone to see the movie. I want to, though! Scared of charming little Wall-E? Too bad. I’m sure he’ll get over it, though, and it may be to your dismay!

  3. I loved The Martian movie and need to read the book! (Did you write a review? I’ve missed a lot I know…) My son LOVED WALL-E and watched it almost 10 times if that is any encouragement for your little guy 🙂 But he is still little and there is plenty of time! 🙂

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