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A Responsibility to Awe: Poems
Rebecca Elson was an astronomer. Her work took her to the boundary of the visible and measurable. Facts are only as interesting as the possibilities they open up to the imagination, she wrote. Her research involved dark matter - hidden mass which can be inferred only from its influence on observable objects: As if, from fireflies, one could infer the field. Her poems, too, ...more
Paperback, 159 pages
Published October 25th 2001 by Carcanet Press Ltd.
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Oct 25, 2013 Priya Bhakta rated it it was amazing
Lovely poetry by a fascinating writer. Rebecca Elson was an astronomer as well as a writer and this book was published posthumously. There's a range of poetry and a few short stories (which do read like poetry as well) from her notebooks. She writes about her work, her feelings and struggle with cancer. It's intensely personal and reading it offers the comfort of like being with a good friend.