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Though the interests of science and art frequently seem to inhabit opposite poles, The Measured Word assembles a brilliant anthology of twelve essays that illumine the historic--and newly emerging--relationships between the poetic and scientific imaginations. Assembling the writings of leading contemporary poets, essayists, and thinkers, Kurt Brown highlights ways in which Though the interests of science and art frequently seem to inhabit opposite poles, The Measured Word assembles a brilliant anthology of twelve essays that illumine the historic--and newly emerging--relationships between the poetic and scientific imaginations. Assembling the writings of leading contemporary poets, essayists, and thinkers, Kurt Brown highlights ways in which poets use scientific discoveries and mathematical ideas to their artistic advantage--and offers insight on the recently apparent integration of technology and other discoveries into the postmodernist poetry.Here are meditations on the similarities and differences between the poetic and scientific imagination; on the poetic use of fractals; on hypertext; on the changing shape of poetry in the scientific age. Commentary by Czech poet and immunologist Miroslav Holub, Paul Lake, Alison Hawthorne Deming, Alice Fulton, Forrest Gander, and Stephanie Strickland, among others, presents a diverse selection of opinions. These viewpoints are complemented by many careful, innovative readings of individual poems informed by the sciences. The writings in this collection not only celebrate the advent of a new age of discovery but also identify the need for a revision of the western thinking that separates the mind and the heart--replacing division with the reciprocity of mutual communication.


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Though the interests of science and art frequently seem to inhabit opposite poles, The Measured Word assembles a brilliant anthology of twelve essays that illumine the historic--and newly emerging--relationships between the poetic and scientific imaginations. Assembling the writings of leading contemporary poets, essayists, and thinkers, Kurt Brown highlights ways in which Though the interests of science and art frequently seem to inhabit opposite poles, The Measured Word assembles a brilliant anthology of twelve essays that illumine the historic--and newly emerging--relationships between the poetic and scientific imaginations. Assembling the writings of leading contemporary poets, essayists, and thinkers, Kurt Brown highlights ways in which poets use scientific discoveries and mathematical ideas to their artistic advantage--and offers insight on the recently apparent integration of technology and other discoveries into the postmodernist poetry.Here are meditations on the similarities and differences between the poetic and scientific imagination; on the poetic use of fractals; on hypertext; on the changing shape of poetry in the scientific age. Commentary by Czech poet and immunologist Miroslav Holub, Paul Lake, Alison Hawthorne Deming, Alice Fulton, Forrest Gander, and Stephanie Strickland, among others, presents a diverse selection of opinions. These viewpoints are complemented by many careful, innovative readings of individual poems informed by the sciences. The writings in this collection not only celebrate the advent of a new age of discovery but also identify the need for a revision of the western thinking that separates the mind and the heart--replacing division with the reciprocity of mutual communication.

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  1. 4 out of 5

    Ann Michael

    Mixed review here...some of these essays are marvelous, and marvelously literary. Others are marvelously informational and contain interesting insights but are so full of poetics jargon that the content gets lost. The scientific aspect of each essay varies, which does add interest to the collection. Among the highlights are the essays by Alice Deming, M. Holub, ML Williams, Kelly Cherry, Forrest Gander, and Paul Lake. I usually enjoy Grosholz's prose, but this essay is not one of her best. Fulto Mixed review here...some of these essays are marvelous, and marvelously literary. Others are marvelously informational and contain interesting insights but are so full of poetics jargon that the content gets lost. The scientific aspect of each essay varies, which does add interest to the collection. Among the highlights are the essays by Alice Deming, M. Holub, ML Williams, Kelly Cherry, Forrest Gander, and Paul Lake. I usually enjoy Grosholz's prose, but this essay is not one of her best. Fulton's post-modernist take on fractal poetics is frustrating to read, although the idea has some potential. Too much Ammons, Gould and Wilson as far as the examined topics go--but nonetheless a valuable addition to the (small) bookshelf of interdisciplinary arts/sciences.

  2. 5 out of 5

    Tricia

    still working my way through this guy. pretty fantastic so far. it's a collection of essays relating/melding/comparing/binding the worlds of poetry and science. awesome. as in most anthologies, some essays are better than others, but i enjoy that each writer approaches the maddeningly beautiful conundrum of science and poetry in different voices/styles/approaches. ooh, read this one with stove popped popcorn, it's so fun. go ahead and bust out that iron skillet, it's so nicely seasoned. still working my way through this guy. pretty fantastic so far. it's a collection of essays relating/melding/comparing/binding the worlds of poetry and science. awesome. as in most anthologies, some essays are better than others, but i enjoy that each writer approaches the maddeningly beautiful conundrum of science and poetry in different voices/styles/approaches. ooh, read this one with stove popped popcorn, it's so fun. go ahead and bust out that iron skillet, it's so nicely seasoned.

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