At the crossroads of science, mathematics, and art lives Quiver, a stunning new collection of poems that seeks to reconcile the empirical truths of science with the emotional truths of human experience. Through an ambitious set of poetic series and sequences, Somers-Willett re-invents the love poem, conjuring a voyeuristic affair between a radio astronomer and Dark Matter, radium's atomic aubade for Marie and Pierre Curie, and the shrill love song of Gregor Mendel's cross-pollinated pea plants. With intelligence and wonder, Quiver comes to understand the pursuits of science and beauty as one and the same, rendering an exquisite world where the graph of a mathematical equation can become the image of "love's witness / running with its arms open all the way home." In deft, musical lyrics that are by turns formal and experimental, studied and accessible, meditative and pragmatic, Somers-Willett portrays scientific phenomena in strikingly intimate ways. Every mystery connects in her universe, revealing a relationship between science and human sentiment that is as surprising as it is profound. --University of Georgia Press.
What people are saying - Write a review
We haven't found any reviews in the usual places.
Death to the Wolf
Andre Derain arms Barocci BIN RAMKE Blue Willow bocce ball body Brendan Galvin brittle fields brown Budapest burning caught cloth clouds Contemporary Poetry Series curtain Dancing dark rim dead dream earth Eddie's uncle eyes face Factory Girls falling fell Fire Ceremony flowers Gary Margolis gather Gaville Genius of Friendship gone hands HARVEST HOME heretical as dusk Hive John Engels ladybugs lantern Last Prince Letter from Turin March mask Michael Heffernan Montale's Death moon morning Moss mother Mother's Day mouth needle slides oh baby once photograph Poems Poetry Series EDITED Prince of Urbino pull rain RAMKE remember river rope leading rose Sailboat shadow side silver sky was full slack and taut Sleeping Gypsy slowly snow softly someone spins storm had ended Susan Stewart tonight trees turned wear weight White Castle wind window winter Woman in Chemise World Confused yellow