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“Striving All My Life”

From: Journal of Narrative Theory
Volume 43, Number 3, Fall 2013
pp. 353-354 | 10.1353/jnt.2013.0022

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Maxwell said: There is no more powerful way
to introduce knowledge to the mind than . . . as many different
ways as we can, wrenching the mind

from the symbols to the objects and from the objects
back to the symbols.

Maxwell said: I have been striving all my life to be free
of the yoke of Cartesian co-ordinates. I found
such an instrument in

quaternions. Do I need quaternions
to talk about light?

the square of quaternions
is negative. But Gibbs’s vectors, uncouth
seemingly, work

well, in any dimension, with a very
great capability for
interpreting space relations.

Rukeyser said: Critical minds
that approach the world with love
have but one possible

defense—to build a system.
Rayleigh said, I protest
the compression.

Gibbs: I myself concluded
that the paper was
too long.

Stephanie Strickland  

Stephanie Strickland has published seven books of print poetry, most recently Dragon Logic (2013), and collaborated on seven electronic poems, most recently “Sea and Spar Between,” a poetry generator written with Nick Montfort. Her prize-winning volume from Penguin, V: WaveSon.nets / Losing L’una, will appear in a new edition with accompanying app for mobile devices from SpringGun in 2014. Two of her digital pieces appear online in The Electronic Literature Collection Volume 2. (See http://stephaniestrickland.com.)


1.  © Stephanie Strickland, from her collection True North, University of Notre Dame Press, 1997. “Striving All My Life” was first published in The Kenyon Review in 1995, then later in True North (1997), and is available for purchase through the University of Notre Dame Press.

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Strickland, S.(2013). “Striving All My Life”. Journal of Narrative Theory 43(3), 353-354. Eastern Michigan University. Retrieved March 5, 2014, from Project MUSE database.
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