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The Poetic Species: A Conversation with Edward O. Wilson and Robert Hass
     

The Poetic Species: A Conversation with Edward O. Wilson and Robert Hass

by Edward O. Wilson
 

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World Literature Today Editor’s Pick

“Enchanting. . . . The Poetic Species is a wonderful read in its entirety, short yet infinitely simulating.” —MARIA POPOVA, Brain Pickings

In this shimmering conversation (the outgrowth of an event co-sponsored by the American Museum of Natural History and Poets House

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World Literature Today Editor’s Pick

“Enchanting. . . . The Poetic Species is a wonderful read in its entirety, short yet infinitely simulating.” —MARIA POPOVA, Brain Pickings

In this shimmering conversation (the outgrowth of an event co-sponsored by the American Museum of Natural History and Poets House), Edward O. Wilson, renowned scientist and proponent of “consilience” or the unity of knowledge, finds an ardent interlocutor in Robert Hass, whose credo as United States poet laureate was “imagination makes communities.” As they explore the many ways that poetry and science enhance each other, they travel from anthills to ancient Egypt and to the heights and depths of human potential. A testament to how science and the arts can join forces to educate and inspire, this book is also a passionate plea for conservation of all the planet’s species.

Edward O. Wilson, a biologist, naturalist, and bestselling author, has received more than 100 awards from around the world, including the Pulitzer Prize. A professor emeritus at Harvard University, he lives in Lexington, Massachusetts.

Robert Hass’ poetry is rooted in the landscapes of his native northern California. He has been awarded the MacArthur “Genius” Fellowship, the National Book Critics Circle Award (twice), the Pulitzer Prize, and the National Book Award. He is a professor of English at University of California-Berkeley.

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World Literature Today Editor’s Pick

“Enchanting. . . . The Poetic Species is a wonderful read in its entirety, short yet infinitely simulating.” —Brain Pickings

“The principle of consilience, or the unity of knowledge, infuses this conversation between biologist E. O. Wilson and poet Robert Hass. . . . The eminent duo explore echoes and parallels in their respective fields with eloquent concision, from Wilson’s advice to poets (“Colonize science”) to Hass’s musings on the interplay of selfish gene and social imperative in imagination.” —Nature: International Weekly Journal of Science

The Poetic Species explores the intersection of science and the arts in relation to the staggering environmental crisis the world is encountering. I am encouraged by this call to action by both scientific and literary communities and curious about the possible responses.” —World Literature Today Editor’s Pick citation

“Every page offers something worth contemplating . . . The Poetic Species is a fascinating foray into the ways we’re connected to each other and the natural world—highly recommended reading.” —Rosemary & Reading Glasses

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781934137727
Publisher:
Bellevue Literary Press
Publication date:
04/22/2014
Pages:
112
Sales rank:
1,338,266
Product dimensions:
6.00(w) x 5.90(h) x 0.60(d)

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Edward O. Wilson is an American biologist, researcher, theorist, naturalist, and author who is often dubbed “the father of sociobiology.” His biological specialty is myrmecology, the study of ants, on which he is considered to be the world’s leading authority. Wilson is the author of the New York Times bestsellers The Social Conquest of Earth and Anthill: A Novel, as well as the Pulitzer Prize–winning On Human Nature and (with Bert Hölldobler) The Ants. For his contributions in science and conservation, he has received more than 100 awards from around the world. A professor emeritus at Harvard University, he lives in Lexington, Massachusetts.

Robert Hass’ work is rooted in the landscapes of his native northern California. In his tenure as U. S. Poet Laureate, Robert Hass spent two years battling American illiteracy armed with the mantra “imagination makes communities.” For Hass, everything is connected. When he works to heighten literacy, he is also working to promote awareness about the environment. Hass has published many books of poetry including Field Guide, Praise, Human Wishes and Sun Under Wood, as well as a book of essays on poetry, Twentieth Century Pleasures. Time and Materials, his 2007 poetry collection, won both the Pulitzer Prize and the National Book Award. His most recent volume of poetry is The Apple Trees at Olema: New and Selected Poems. He recently published a book of essays titled What Light Can Do: Essays on Art, Imagination, and the Natural World. Awarded the MacArthur “Genius” Fellowship, the National Book Critics Circle Award twice (in 1984 and 1997), and the Yale Series of Younger Poets in 1973, Hass is a professor of English at University of California-Berkeley.

Foreword contributor Lee Briccetti was born in Italy and raised in the United States. She currently lives in New York City where she has been the long-time executive director of Poets House, a national poetry archive and literary center. She has received fellowships from the New York Foundation for the Arts and the Fine Arts Work Center in Provincetown. Her book of poetry, Day Mark, was published in 2005 by Four Way Books.

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