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Topic: Scientific poetry recommendations

From: Cecilia Hampton
Location: California
Date: 06/01/2008

Dear Greg,

Here are two links for scientific poetry. The first is a 17th century woman, Margaret Cavendish, who scorned love poems (being the rich, educated female that she was) and chose to write only scientific poems. Good, but not really relevant to our times. Also the reader has to work very hard to get the language and the science out of the poems.

The second is David Arns who has absolutely delighted me with his poems and I am certain that you will love his poem "Sir Isaac Newton" as I did. You won't regret taking the time to read Mr. Arns poems. I found them wonderful because they are contemporary and filled with humor. Too, they are understandable explanations that actually TEACH something about the topic at hand...



Cecilia Vail Hampton

Re: Scientific poetry recommendations

From: Greg Bear
Date: 06/05/2008

Many thanks, Cecilia.

Re: Scientific poetry recommendations

From: Arvind Mishra
Location: Varanasi,India
Date: 06/22/2008

Scientific poetry ,Science Poetry,Sciene fiction poetry -I am confused .Whether they all indicate towards a same genre ?
What could I deduce all poetry works may be scientific in their treatment.
Would you please enlighten me on this Greg?

Re: Scientific poetry recommendations

From: Greg Bear
Date: 07/01/2008

Poetry about scientific topics would qualify as science poetry. Poetry that uses scientific themes in an imaginative context--as part of a poetic narrative--would probably fall into science fiction poetry. The boundaries--as with all poetry!--are likely not clearly drawn.

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