F126. Poetics of Science: Meetings of the Mind

Room LL5, Western New England MFA Annex, Lower Level
Friday, February 28, 2014
9:00 am to 10:15 am


The historical divide between poetry and science has caused much damage to our culture, particularly after the project of the Enlightenment. However, poetry and science share a crucial endeavor: the understanding of the world. They also have a common language: metaphors (scientific theories provide nothing else but models of the world). This panel offers a poetry reading and a conversation with five poets whose work is informed by scientific concepts.



Lila Zemborain is the author of seven poetry collections, including Guardians of the Secret (2009) and Mauve-Sea Orchids (2007), and the book-length essay Gabriela Mistral. Una mujer sin rostro. Since 2003 she curates the KJCC Poetry Series, and she teaches at the NYU MFA in Creative Writing in Spanish.

Marta del Pozo is a poet, translator, and a literary critic. She won a prize with her book La memoria del pez. Her book of poems Deus ex Machina is forthcoming (2014). With Nick Rattner, she has translated into English Viento de Fuego/ FireWind. She works at the Spanish department at NYU.

Leonard Schwartz is the author of numerous collections of poetry, including IF, At Element, The Library of Seven Readings, and A Message Back and other Furors.

Zhang Er is the author of four collections of poetry in Chinese. Her selected poems were in two bilingual collections, So Translating Rivers and Cities and Verses on Bird. She co-edited Another Kind of Nation: an Anthology of Contemporary Chinese Poetry.


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