Science And is a moving, insightful, funny and exuberant collection of poems; sometimes the reader feels like an assistant at bold experiments in a wildly colored lab. Unusual discoveries in nine sciences turn into deeply imagined metaphors and tropes in five sections: Science and Family, Science and Romance, Science and the Homo Sapiens Young, Science and Irritation, Science and the Surround. A dramatic nonmetrical couplet form presses the data into trenchant narrative lyrics of love, loss, and growth, as well as a couple of cautionary parables. The poems arrive convincingly at Epicurean goals for living and the steady conviction of being at home in the universe. This is a breakthrough of fresh thinking about the flexibility of poetry and the excitement of living amidst non-received ideas. Only a general familiarity with empirical science is needed.
After her Tulsa upbringing and with a psychology degree from Vassar College, Diane Furtney worked a year in Israel (1967), then took an assortment of jobs, sometimes in clinical psychology, in several U.S. cities. Besides nonfiction ghostwriting, she has authored two prize-winning poetry chapbooks (Destination Rooms and It Was a Game) and two comic mystery novels (pseudonym D.J.H. Jones). Her poems and translations (French, Japanese) are in numerous magazines in the U.S. and England, including The Virginia Quarterly Review, Poetry International, and Stand. She lives near Phoenix.
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