“beyond the only event horizon we know..”

On Radio 4’s Start the Week this morning Northern Star Dame Jocelyn Bell Burnell considered the question of why don’t more astrophysicists write poetry? [perhaps they think they already do? – Ed]. Other contributors discuss similar interconnections of art and science but the poetry theme is one Dame Jocelyn has explored before in her public lecture at Bath University – podcast here [24.5Mb mp3]. It’s also led to her co-editing an anthology of specially commissioned poetry – Dark Matter: Poems of Space – including one by Paul Muldoon, “The space we live in”, which was read on Start the Week. Unfortunately Amazon reckons Dark Matter won’t be dispatched in time for Christmas.. You can listen to this week’s Start the Week here [Discussion with Dame Jocelyn is approx 22mins 45sec in]

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  • The Raven

    I remember a line in the movie, “Contact”.

    Jodie Foster seeing the stars as she travels through the presumed wormhole, and saying – “they should have sent a poet”.