Last year in April we posted Lucretius: Science in
Verse and Reflections
on a Dinoflagellate to commemorate National Poetry Month. This year we are
offering another short series of stories that continue the conversation,
beginning with this introduction to the poetry of Emily Rolfe Grosholz.
Science, philosophy, and poetry have many intersections. The
three disciplines share a history and are all considered traditional pillars of
a liberal arts education. Poet, critic, and philosopher Emily Rolfe Grosholz
lives and works in this intersection.
Grosholz is Liberal Arts Research Professor of Philosophy,
African American Studies and English, and a member of the Center for
Fundamental Theory / Institute for Gravitation and the Cosmos, at the Pennsylvania
State University. Just as Grosholz’s academic work is
interdisciplinary, so is her poetry. She has published four books of poetry: The
Abacus of Years (David R. Godine Publisher, Inc., 2001), Eden (Johns
Hopkins University Press, 1992), Shores and Headlands (Princeton
University Press, 1988), and The River Painter (University of Illinois
Press, 1984). She also edited Telling the Barn Swallow: Poets on the Poetry
of Maxine Kumin (University Press of New England, 1997) and co-edited W.
E. B. Du Bois on Race and Culture (Routledge, 1996) and is preparing a
collection of essays on the legacy of Simone de Beauvoir. She is an advisory
editor for The Hudson Review, one of America's most respected literary
quarterlies. She has received grants for her poetry from the Guggenheim and the
Ingram Merrill Foundations.
Of her four published poetry collections, two explore themes
related to science and mathematics: Proportions
of the Heart: Poems that Play with Mathematics Paperback and The
Abacus of Years: Poems.
To learn more about Emily Grosholz and her work, see In
Praise of Fractals and Poetry, in which blogger Evelyn Lamb
discusses Grosholz’s poetry. Also visit Grosholz's website to read some of her poetry and to learn more about her work as a philosopher, poet, and literary critic.
27 Apr 2015 2:23 PM