Getting Grandpa Confused with Emily Brontë
Did an early mistake in Edward Hirsch's life lead him to forge a career in poetry? "When I was eight years old my grandfather died...After he died I went down to the basement of my family house...and there was an anthology without any names attached to it. I read a poem called 'Spellbound' [by Emily Brontë] and I somehow attached it to my grandfather’s death and I thought my grandfather had written it...I didn’t sit down then and start writing poems, but it was in the back of my mind."
Hirsch sat down with Big Think to talk about the act of creating (and reading) poetry, which to him is a messy process that has evolved over the years, but still doesn't include systematic revisions. As for commenting on the future of poetry in this era of digital media and short attention spans, Hirsch isn't one to hide his concerns. In the end, he believes that poetry will continue to survive—but if people can't pay attention, it might save fewer souls.
Giving our solar system a "slap in the face"
- A stream of galactic debris is hurtling at us, pulling dark matter along with it
- It's traveling so quickly it's been described as a hurricane of dark matter
- Scientists are excited to set their particle detectors at the onslffaught
The climate change we're witnessing is more dramatic than we might think.
A lazy buzz phrase – 'Is this the new normal?' – has been doing the rounds as extreme climate events have been piling up over the past year. To which the riposte should be: it's worse than that – we're on the road to even more frequent, more extreme events than we saw this year.
Once again, our circadian rhythm points the way.
- Seven individuals were locked inside a windowless, internetless room for 37 days.
- While at rest, they burned 130 more calories at 5 p.m. than at 5 a.m.
- Morning time again shown not to be the best time to eat.
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