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Fifty-one contemporary poets from Australia: Part 3

Robert Pulie, "Close-ish" (two views).

The third installment of Pam Brown’s feature “Fifty-one contemporary poets from Australia” (ordered, “[i]n the interest of objectivity” by “a recently invented ‘downunder’ method — the reverse alphabet”) includes work from Astrid Lorange, Kate Lilley, Miriel Lenore, John Kinsella, Cath Kenneally, S. K. Kelen, Kit Kelen, Jill Jones, Duncan Hose, and Keri Glastonbury, along with artwork by Robert Pulie and Ken Bolton. You can read Brown’s introduction here, and the first two installments can be found here and here. — Michael S. Hennessey

Like a metaphor

Ongoing relations between 'poetry' and 'science'

Star birth in the Carina Nebula, seen by the Hubble Space Telescope (image courtesy of NASA).

The following forum, initially taking off from a PoemTalk program on a Zukofsky lyric, directly engages questions regarding relations between poetry and science (a range of sciences). Contributions by eleven poets — Rae Armantrout, Amy Catanzano, John Cayley, Tina Darragh, Marcella Durand, Allen Fisher, James Harvey, Peter Middleton, Evelyn Reilly, and Joan Retallack — in the form of poems, critiques of poems, musings, and contentions broadly address how poetry can serve science no less than how science can serve poetry, as well as the degree of discursive integrity each should or can enjoy in the interplay.

Metaphor or more? Poetry & Science Panelists
Disciplinary pertinence; required expertise Poetry & Science Panelists
Science-informed readings Poetry & Science Panelists
Definition of basics Poetry & Science Panelists
Zukofsky Poetry & Science Panelists
Basics of definition Poetry & Science Panelists
Poetry supplement Gilbert Adair

Poetry supplement

Pandora's Cluster — Abell 2744 (image courtesy of NASA).

This coda/continuation features poems sent to the Jacket2 forum on poetry and science but not directly involved in any of the various threads; perhaps, however, multiple cross-ignitings of relevance will appear to those who have negotiated some of the preceding exchanges and poems. There is also an essay by Allen Fisher of some importance for his aesthetic work included here. — Gilbert Adair