Join Poets for Science
On Earth Day, April 22, 2017, demonstrators around the world participated in a March for Science in a call to support and safeguard the scientific community, fact-based decision making, basic research, and freedom of speech for scientists.
You can still join Poets for Science and participate online by printing a blank Emerge card and uploading your poems to Twitter and Instagram with the #PoetsForScience hashtag. Print a poster or view the banner collection on our website.
With your generous support, Science Stanzas reached a global audience to inspire meaningful discourse at the intersection of science and creativity. The science.travelingstanzas.com website received a diversity of over 1,400 visitors from every continent—including Australia, Mexico, India, Brazil, Libya and Germany. In the United States, the collection was seen by a national audience composed of all 50 states.
Science & Emerge
Participants at the S|gns Summit will create science based found poems using the Traveling Stanzas Emerge app
Advocacy Through Poetry
Expanding on the centuries old technique of “erasure” poetry, Emerge prompts users to write poetry using seminal texts as inspiration with a focus on reflection on the original text and response through creation of a poem. You can print and share your new poem, carrying on the dialogue started by engaging in the original text. Creativity stations allow participants to further personalize their poems with various design and crafting tools. For the first time visitors to the pop-up installation will now be encouraged to use their found poem as a means of advocacy. As a final step they will send their creation to a chosen organization whose work influences policy and the environment. It is our hope that through artistic expression those with influence will see the important resource of the natural world around them.
Curated by Jane Hirshfield
Poetry and science are allies, not opposites. Both are instruments of discovery, and together they make the two feet of one walking. We can only weigh the full meaning of facts by how we feel about them. Feelings are meaningful and useful to us because they emerge from the truths of this shifting, astonishing world. Observation and imagination, the microscope and the metaphor, the sense of amazement— you need all of them to take the measure of a moment, of a life. Poetry and science each seek to ground our lives in both what exists and the sense of the large, of mystery and awe. Every scientist I know is grounded in curiosity, wonder, the spirit of exploration, the spirit of service. As is every poet.
Jane Hirshfield is the author of eight collections of poetry, most recently The Beauty (Knopf, 2015), long-listed for the National Book Award; Come, Thief; After (shortlisted for England’s T.S. Eliot Prize); Given Sugar, Given Salt (finalist for the 2001 National Book Critics Circle Award); The Lives of the Heart; and The October Palace. She is also the author of two books of essays, the recent Ten Windows: How Great Poems Transform the World (Knopf, 2015) and the now-classic Nine Gates: Entering the Mind of Poetry (HarperCollins, 1997), and has edited and co-translated four books collecting the work of world poets from the past.
Hirshfield’s interest in science and the ecological world has long infused her poems. She has been artist in residence for both a neuroscience program at UCSF and an experimental forest in Oregon’s Western Cascades. Her honors include The Poetry Center Book Award, the California Book Award, and fellowships from the Guggenheim and Rockefeller foundations and the National Endowment for the Arts. In 2004, Jane Hirshfield was awarded the 70th Academy Fellowship for distinguished poetic achievement by The Academy of American Poets, an honor previously held by such poets as Robert Frost and Elizabeth Bishop. In 2012, she received the Donald Hall-Jane Kenyon Prize in American Poetry, and was elected a Chancellor of the Academy of American Poets.
About Traveling Stanzas
Science Stanzas, a project of Traveling Stanzas, is an initiative of the College of Arts and Sciences’ Wick Poetry Center at Kent State University. Partnering with poet and environmental spokesperson Jane Hirshfield, the Wick Poetry Center will join the marchers at the Teach-In on the National Mall in Washington D.C.