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”.
“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.
Poet in the City specialise in large-scale live events aimed at new audiences for poetry. Founded in 2006, the organisation brings poetry to life beyond books, producing classic and contemporary poetry performances, experiences and conversations taking on major ideas, issues and people. The group showcase biopics, use poetry to animate cultural moments and to peer into ideas past and present, and create dramatic poetry experiences in major arts venues and unusual spaces. They also support young people to become poetry producers and work with many volunteers, who all help to make a thriving arts community. For the ‘Deconstructing Patterns’ project, The Francis Crick Institute worked alongside Poet in the City to commission work by Sarah Howe and Chu-Li Shewring.
Poetry in Data is an experiment.
At first glance, poetry and data are very different things. They inhabit different worlds and speak different languages. So what happens when they collide? Could they fuse into something interesting?
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.
Zara Houshmand is an Iranian-American writer. Her work has ranged from modern Iranian theater to traditional Balinese puppetry, from virtual reality as an art form to literary translation. She has worked with the Mind and Life Institute for almost twenty years as an editor for books representing its dialogues between scientists and the Dalai Lama. In this exclusive interview she discusses her work as a poet, writer and editor.
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.
Split This Rock explores and celebrates the many ways that poetry can act as an agent for change: reaching across differences, considering personal and social responsibility, asserting the centrality of the right to free speech, bearing witness to the diversity and complexity of human experience through language, imagining a better world.