Science and Other Poems

Science and Other Poems

by Alison Hawthorne Deming
     
 

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Alison Hawthorne Deming brings to her first collection of verse the kinds of scrupulous observation and clear-eyed analysis that characterize scientific inquiry as well as a poet's eye for the telling moment. 'Science and Other Poems' establishes astonishing parallels between the mute, inexorable processes of the physical universe and the dark mysteries of the human

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Alison Hawthorne Deming brings to her first collection of verse the kinds of scrupulous observation and clear-eyed analysis that characterize scientific inquiry as well as a poet's eye for the telling moment. 'Science and Other Poems' establishes astonishing parallels between the mute, inexorable processes of the physical universe and the dark mysteries of the human heart.

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Publishers Weekly - Publisher's Weekly
Winner of the 1993 Walt Whitman Award, this first book by Deming is set in nature as understood by an educated mind. Among its strengths is the poet's reasoned assessment of disjunctions and connections between the human and the natural. In ``Ano Nuevo,'' for example, beachniks gape at an elephant seal washed up on shore: ``They want the animal / to acknowledge them, to care / as much about the human presence / as they care about his.'' Deming's coolly observant, adventurous witness deepens the way we think, see, and care. Her scruples can momentarily convince us that ``it's not enough to imagine'' a natural past or present, and yet then in another poem concede, ``That's art--forgetting / what's real.'' The stability of her lines and sentences bears complication of this kind, scrutiny along with wonder; she can venture the question ``What is it to see?'' and give a richly extensive, cadenced answer. Her poetry is inclusive, at ease with the facts of science as with its semblance, whether this means speculating about ``a cloudy nursery'' of stars, or following the ``lens-tipped wand'' that ``threads the ventricle.'' (May)

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780807119150
Publisher:
Louisiana State University Press
Publication date:
03/28/1994
Pages:
96
Sales rank:
998,248
Product dimensions:
6.02(w) x 9.00(h) x 0.32(d)

Meet the Author

Alison Hawthorne Deming is director of the Poetry Center at the University of Arizona, and the author of Temporary Homelands, a collection of nature essays. She has received many fellowships and awards and has published her poems in such magazines as Crazyhorse, Beloit Poetry Journal, and Michigan Quarterly Review.

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