The Poetic Species: A Conversation with Edward O. Wilson and Robert Hass

By Edward O. Wilson, Robert Hass

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“Enchanting. . . . The Poetic Species is an excellent learn in its entirety, brief but infinitely simulating.” —MARIA POPOVA, Brain Pickings

In this shimmering dialog (the outgrowth of an occasion co-sponsored through the yank Museum of ordinary heritage and Poets House), Edward O. Wilson, well known scientist and proponent of “consilience” or the harmony of information, reveals an ardent interlocutor in Robert Hass, whose credo as usa poet laureate was once “imagination makes communities.” As they discover the various ways in which poetry and technological know-how increase one another, they trip from anthills to historical Egypt and to the heights and depths of human capability. A testomony to how technology and the humanities can sign up for forces to teach and encourage, this booklet is additionally a passionate plea for conservation of all of the planet’s species.

Edward O. Wilson, a biologist, naturalist, and bestselling writer, has got greater than a hundred awards from all over the world, together with the Pulitzer Prize. A professor emeritus at Harvard college, he lives in Lexington, Massachusetts.

Robert Hass’ poetry is rooted within the landscapes of his local northern California. He has been presented the MacArthur “Genius” Fellowship, the nationwide booklet Critics Circle Award (twice), the Pulitzer Prize, and the nationwide ebook Award. he's a professor of English at college of California-Berkeley.

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