Monday, March 31, 2008

Easter 2008

This term we will be exploring science and poetry.

In the first three meetings, we will look at Robert Crawford (ed.), Contemporary Poetry and Contemporary Science (OUP, 2006). A copy of the book is available on reserve in the Whipple Library. We will explore the whole book, but in particular the following:

28 April
  • Miroslav Holub, "Rampage, or Science in Poetry" (pp. 11-24).
  • Robert Crawford, "Biology", with introduction by Rona R. Ramsay (pp. 69-71).

12 May
  • Jocelyn Bell Burnell, "Astronomy and Poetry" (pp. 125-140).
  • John Burnside, "Steinar Undir Steinahlithium", with introduction by R. M. M. Crawford (pp. 107-109).

26 May
  • Kay Redfield Jamison, "Contemporary Psychology and Contemporary Poetry: Perspectives on Mood Disorders" (pp. 191-203).
  • Paul Muldoon, "Once I looked into your eyes", with introduction by Warren S. Warren (pp. 167-169).

Please feel free to bring along other poems that you would like to discuss...

9 June
  • The final meeting will be a creative writing workshop.
  • Please bring along your own poems and writings! We hope to have a creative writing tutor present, to facilitate the discussion.

We meet on Mondays from 7.30 to 9pm in the upstairs seminar room of Darwin College. All are welcome!

Thursday, March 06, 2008

Cultures of Climate Change - Poetry Event

The Cultures of Climate Change warmly invites you to its fourth and final event of Lent 2008

Melanie Challenger - The Boundless Main: On Poetry and Frost

Monday 10 March, 17:00 - 18:30
Main Seminar Room, CRASSH, 17 Mill Lane

Melanie Challenger won an Eric Gregory Award in 2005, and her first collection, Galatea (Salt), was nominated for the Forward Prize for Best First Collection. She is the British Antarctic Survey Artist in Residence for International Polar Year 2007-8, and returned from three months in Antarctica in February. Melanie will read some of her work and speak about her experiences; discussion and a wine reception to follow.

For more information on all our events please visit, or email Bradon Smith ( or Benjamin Morris (

Tuesday, March 04, 2008

Next term - contemporary poetry and contemporary science

Dates for our meetings next term have been confirmed as Mondays 28th April, 12th and 26th May, and 9th June, from 7.30-9pm in the upstairs seminar room at Darwin College. We'll be reading selections from Robert Crawford (ed.) Contemporary Poetry and Contemporary Science (Oxford University Press, 2006).