poets and scientists went to sea

November 19, 2015

The Stranger Nov 11 2015

If you missed Rich Smith’s article in The Stranger, “When Scientists and Poets Study Together, the World Gets Cooler,” you can still read it online. In the article, Smith talks about the University of Washington’s Poetry and Science Symposium, in which “poets study in the marine biology labs, go out on research vessels, and collect and describe specimens used for research. Scientists study creative-writing strategies in poetry workshops.”

“The heart of the task for scientists and poets,” Smith explains, “isn’t to solve a problem, necessarily, but to ask a really interesting question.”

Indeed.

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