"Kurt Brown may have edited his best anthology to date, not of poems, but of captivating essays about the connection between science and poetry. Meditations on the similarities and differences between the poetic and scientific imaginations highlight essays by Alice Fulton, Forrest Gander, Miroslav Holub, and nine other poets. This is a book for poets, regardless of their writing style, and one for any reader in search of the mysteries behind a poem."
"In Nabokovian spirit, The Measured Word establishes that while the scientist's and the poet's uses of language sometimes work at cross-purposes, their temperaments and creative processes correspond . . . These intelligent essays make for inspiring and enriching reading on either side of the chasm."
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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