James Harpur has had six poetry collections published by Carcanet and Anvil Press, including his latest, The White Silhouette (2018), an Irish Times Book of the Year. Angels and Harvesters (2012), was a PBS Recommendation and shortlisted for the 2013 Irish Times Award. In his poem, Opera, he celebrates the imagination – “an impromptu school trip back in the day which was as much as an opera as the actual opera we went to see”.
Poetry, relevant to particular issue themes, will be created by contributors via invitation, commission and open submission from subscribers.
“At the heart of James Harpur’s ‘The White Silhouette’ is a meditative poem inspired by ‘The Book of Kells’, a poem that follows threads into themes such as the nature of the divine, the efficacy of sacred art, and the way of silence.”
Francesca Diano discovers in the work of a contemporary poet, James Harpur, a maze of connections that takes her on a journey through Neoplatonism to Krishnamurti and quantum mechanics.
Sarah Howe is a British poet, academic and editor. Her first book, Loop of Jade (Chatto & Windus, 2015), won the T.S. Eliot Prize and The Sunday Times / PFD Young Writer of the Year Award, and was shortlisted for the Forward Prize for Best First Collection. ‘A New Music’ was commissioned for the ‘Deconstructing Patterns’ exhibition/project.
Will Holloway is a London-based poet who writes about science and other public themes. His collection Better Than Paradise is due to be published by Smokestack Books in 2018.
Astrid Alben is a poet, editor and translator. Her most recent collection Ai! Ai! Pianissimo was published by Arc Publications. Her poems, essays, translations and reviews are widely published, including in the Times Literary Supplement, Best of British Poetry Anthology 2015, Oxford Poetry and Granta. She is also the artistic director of PARS, which invites artists and scientists to share their most revealing, beautiful and mind-boggling thoughts and research around particular topics.
First Light Machine is an original work by J. Wingfield.
By lending a voice to the many discoveries unfolding in the fields of quantum theory, relative physics and cosmology, the author invites the reader to explore – through a poetic view – ideas and images as revealed through advances in theoretical science.
Helen Moore’s award-winning poem records the mock ecocide trial held at London’s Supreme Court in 2011. The project was initiated by Polly Higgins, an environmental lawyer, barrister and author, as part of the Eradicating Ecocide campaign to make ecocide the fifth international Crime against Peace.
Taking his inspiration from Bartok’s ballet suite, The Miraculous Mandarin, artist, poet and writer, John Moat, transforms the story into a contemporary articulation of the alchemical Mercurius – who redeems fallen Adam.
Oliver Wendell Holmes, Sr. (August 29, 1809 – October 7, 1894) was an American physician, poet, professor, lecturer, and author based in Boston.
Richard Feynman (1918 – 1988) was an American theoretical physicist who became one of the best-known scientists in the world. In 1965 he was awarded the Nobel Prize for Physics. In his poem ‘Wonder’ he muses on the emergence of complexity and consciousness from the blind play of atoms.