Contemporary Poetry and Contemporary Science

Hardcover | October 15, 2006

EditorRobert Crawford

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A unique collaboration between leading poets and scientists, Contemporary Poetry and Contemporary Science demonstrates through its form, and through practice as well as reflection, that poetry and science can meet with productive results. Crossing between disciplines, and between prose andverse, the book shows how modes of scientific knowledge and of poetic making continue to be intertwined. Often drawing on Scottish intellectual traditions, rather than on the notorious 'two cultures' argument, Contemporary Poetry and Contemporary Science argues through examples for a more open andmutually sympathetic engagement of poetry and science in contemporary culture.Provocative, nimble, and surprising, this book is in several senses a crossover volume. In its gathering of essays as well as poems, it is the first book of its kind. Readers can see how a poet and a solar physicist may share working assumptions; how poetic insight may inform psychiatric practice;how a poet's encounter with an MRI scanner leads to a fresh neurological experiment. As well as new essays by internationally distinguished poets, scientists, and literary critics including Simon Armitage, Gillian Beer, Jocelyn Bell Burnell, Miroslav Holub, Kay Redfield Jamison, and Edwin Morgan,the book includes a series of specially commissioned poems by John Burnside, Michael Donaghy, Sarah Maguire, Paul Muldoon, Don Paterson, and others. Each poem is introduced by the scientist whose work prompted the poem.Though Contemporary Poetry and Contemporary Science exposes and investigates strains between the way poets and scientists see and reinvent the world, the book is most arresting and enjoyable when it shows just how often poets and scientists agree.

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A unique collaboration between leading poets and scientists, Contemporary Poetry and Contemporary Science demonstrates through its form, and through practice as well as reflection, that poetry and science can meet with productive results. Crossing between disciplines, and between prose andverse, the book shows how modes of scientific k...

Robert Crawford is Professor of Modern Scottish Literature at the University of St Andrews. His iSelected Poems/i was published by Cape in 2005, and his critical books include iThe Modern Poet: Poetry, Academia, and Knowledge since the 1750s/i (OUP, 2001). He recently directed an international project sponsored by the Wellcome Trust w...

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Format:HardcoverDimensions:256 pages, 8.5 × 5.43 × 0.97 inPublished:October 15, 2006Publisher:Oxford University PressLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0199258120

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Table of Contents

Robert Crawford: IntroductionMiroslav Holub: Rampage, or Science in PoetryDon Paterson, introduced by Andrew Riches: As AboveEdwin Morgan: Poetry and Virtual RealitiesMichael Donaghy, introduced by Kevin Warwick: GrimoireRobert Crawford: Spirit Machines: The Human and the ComputationalRobert Crawford, introduced by Rona Ramsay: BiologyW. N. Herbert: Testament and Confessions of an InformationistW. N. Herbert, introduced by Martin Conway: The Working SelfJohn Burnside: A Science of Belonging: Poetry as EcologyJohn Burnside, introduced by R. M. M. Crawford: Steinar undir SteinahlithumSimon Armitage: Modelling the Universe: Poetry, Science, and the Art of MetaphorJohn Glenday, introduced by Eric Priest: CircadianJocelyn Bell Burnell: Astronomy and PoetrySarah Maguire, introduced by Norman MacLeod: A Fistful of ForaminiferaAdalaide Morris: The Act of the Mind: Thought Experiments in the Poetry of Jorie Graham and Leslie ScalapinoPaul Muldoon, introduced by Warren S. Warren: Once I Looked into Your EyesDrew Milne: The Art of Wit and the Cambridge Science ParkDavid Kinloch, introduced by Alison Gurney: The Organ BathKay Redfield Jamison: Contemporary Psychology and Contemporary Poetry: Perspectives on Mood DisordersGillian Beer: Afterword