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The Measured Word: On Poetry and Science
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 ...more
Paperback, 224 pages
Published April 16th 2001 by University of Georgia Press
(first published February 2001)
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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. ...more
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.