Poetry Center: The Alchemy of Mind and Spirit: Intersections of Science and Poetry
Monday, September 26, 2016 (All day)
At the Perry-Castañeda Library (PCL) , Poetry Center, 2.500 UFCU Room
The UT Poetry Center opens the Fall 2016 semester with an exhibit that explores interplay between science and poetry. We sometimes falsely assume a divide between the study of science and the creation of art. But in searching through the works in the UT Poetry Center, we found poets who playfully incorporate the laws of physics into their poems and scientists who write poetry as a meditation on nature and everyday life. We invite students, faculty, writers, and visitors to view the exhibit at the UT Poetry Center, located in the UFCU Room on the main floor of the PCL. Exhibit runs September 26, 2016 through January 13, 2017.
The exhibit title comes from acclaimed writer Diane Ackerman’s book An alchemy of mind: The marvel and mystery of the brain. Though a work of prose, it is a poetic exploration of neuroscience and humans’ intellectual evolution. We drew inspiration from Ackerman’s dissection of the “left-brain versus right-brain” debate, agreeing with her that the distinction is more arbitrary than actual scientific fact. One person can live in both hemispheres and engage in both scientific discovery and poetic expression. We hope visitors find the same intrigue and interplay in these selections of poetry.