Publication Year: 2014
Throughout his long career, James Applewhite skillfully navigated the world of science through poetry. His new book makes no exception, fearlessly exploring time and consciousness in relation to the universe as described by Big Bang cosmology -- and as experienced by human beings in the everyday world. Applying experiences from his present-day life as well as a multitude of memories from his childhood to scientific theories of the nature of the universe, the poet engages in a patient but relentless -- and finally deeply rewarding -- quest for a sense of meaning in a cosmos whose dimensions of space and time defy the human capacity to imagine.
In his quest, Applewhite suggests the continuing possibility of a crucial connection to the universe through our seemingly tiny, evanescent experiences here on planet Earth. The poems in Cosmos help us value the human-related dimensions of being all the more as they are discerned against the cosmic vastness.
"We've known for a long time gravitydoesn't exist," Dr. Verlinde said.This adhesion of all mass to itself isfollowing the vector of energy downwardwith the thermodynamic arrow, which pierces uswith our moments. The illusion encloses,scenes in mind return nonsensically -- my foot slips on the slick bank and fora moment suspended in fallingI know the time slow down, seeingthe red-star sweet gum leafsliding with the current's surfacethat holds the late September skyand heat in a thin film.
Then I pierce it, splashing through -- the rowboat my brother called the Peanut Shellrocking out from the bank whileI arise back through the brown creekskin and into air of the dream worldI know so well, where Henry is laughing.
-- from "Reading the Science News"
Published by: Louisiana State University Press
Title Page, Copyright
Reading the Science News
Two in October Light
The Sea Connection
A Cemetery in Normandy
In the Gardens beside a Library
Anthropic Cosmological Principle
Learning the Directions
Repairing the Farmhouse
The Home Place
A Hotel Tower above Oahu
The Late April Garden
Conversation in Faculty Commons
The Shadowed Counterpane
Time in the First Village
Quest for Beginning
Coming Home in the Dark
The Language of Space and Time
Driving from Columbia
Page Count: 80
Publication Year: 2014
OCLC Number: 873136621
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