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Spelling the Hours (Stone Bird Poetry, #1) When I First Envisioned Spelling The Hours, I Imagined A Crowd Of Poets First Researching And Then Writing About Forgotten Figures Of Science And Technology Around The World What Happened Instead Was Much Intimate Many, If Not All The Poets Wrote About People With Whom They Were Already Deeply Familiar From The Introduction

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  1. says:

    This poetry collection contains twelve poems about marginalised people in science and technology Each poem also has notes about the scientists featured in the poem, to provide some context noble, nobel na amen and Augur Effect A.J Odasso are an interesting contrast, as they cover the same three women Lise Meiter, Chien Shiung Wu and Jocelyn Bell Burnell The former poem is longer and considers the specific work of each involved I liked the shifting rhythms as it goes from areas with short lines to longer passages The latter poem takes a personal approach, linking the poet s overlooked contributions to those of others, and how the poet was also part of erasing the names however unknowingly when writing about science I do like that both poems were included, rather than trying to stick to one poem per scientist, as they provide very different approaches.My favourite poem was Madrepore Mari Ness Aquarium ecology interests me as a fishkeeper, but I also liked the connections back and forth between Anna Thynne s work and her family Science doesn t happen in isolation from the rest of life.Another strong poem was Never Cease Bogi Tak cs , which focuses on R zsa P ter This also handles how science interacts with life, but on a wider political scale R zsa was barred from her profession due to being Jewish This is a bilingual poem in English and Hungarian.One of the most interesting structures was Girl Hours Sofia Samatar , as it s like a scientific report in reverse This one doesn t have addition notes at the end, as the notes come first as part of the poem It wasn t my favourite in the collection, but I did like the choice of arrangement.Some of the poems focus on named individuals Other poems focus on anonymous contributions, such as the women employed as computers and the Nahua artists who illustrated the Florentine Codex People included as central figures in the poems are Alan Turing, Christopher Morcom, Priscilla Fairfield Bok, Bart Bok, Anna Thynne, Agnes Pockels, Paris Pi mi , Lise Meiter, Chien Shiung Wu, Jocelyn Bell Burnell, James Barry, Axiothea of Phlios, R zsa P ter and Henrietta Swan Leavitt The cover features Mary Alice McWhinnie.The introduction by editor Rose Lemberg comments that the poets tended to write about people they already knew about, and had some meaning for them, rather than finding out about the people they didn t know This did produce a range of responses, though I d also be interested in who we might find by wandering in search of stories we didn t know existed An area that didn t surface in the poems, despite some set during older history, were the accomplishments outside Europe before the impact of colonialism.It s a strong collection which will appeal to those who enjoy poetry with scientific themes It delivered on its promise of highlighting marginalised people in science and technology, including a few who were new to me A copy of this book was received from the publisher for review purposes Review from

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    Lovely little chapbook of poems that are specifically about science often about scientists themselves, particularly those who have been historically marginalised in some way Included as subjects, for instance, are Alan Turing and Lise Meitner, along with a number of lesser known scientists, many of whom I m going to go and look up now It s a short collection, only twelve poems though some of these are fairly long and I wish there was of it because everything in here was well worth reading It s taken some doing, but I think I ve finally decided on my favourite noble, nobel by na amen, about three women who didn t win Nobel prizes Mostly because I ve written a novelette recently with the exact same premise and two of the same scientists, though where na amen uses Jocelyn Bell Burnett I used Rosalind Franklin Fascinating to come across something so similar and yet so different

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    I needed this.Read my full review

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    Spelling the Hours edited by Rose Lemberg, subtitle Poetry Celebrating the Forgotten Others of Science and Technology, is not the kind of book I would usually go out of my way to pick up, mainly because I don t read very much poetry I d glad I did, though.The idea behind Spelling the Hours was to highlight some of the overlooked figures in science and technology In practice, this means that it was a collection of poems about people other than straight cis men in science and tech A lot of the poems were about women who did not get contemporaneous credit or recognition for their work There was a lot of breadth in the topics covered from physics and astronomy to medicine and computing Some of the names were familiar to me, like Jocelyn Bell and Lise Meitner, but most were not I imagine that most readers will find at least some new names in this volume.I m not going to comment on every poem individually One that particularly stood out to me was Girl Hours by Sofia Samatar, the last poem in the chapbook It focusses on Henrietta Swan Leavitt and the girl hours used to perform calculations I liked how it mimicked the structure of a scientific paper but in reverse and it was a poignant note to end the chapbook on.They were all good poems though and I highly recommend this chapbook to fans of science and poetry and to anyone interested in hearing about some overlooked scientific names I should add that, one of the reasons some of the names were familiar to me is because I am a scientist myself and some of these stories get around a bit in the scientific community I ve seen an award named after Lise Meitner being presented and I heard about Jocelyn Bell pretty much when I learnt what a pulsar was I imagine a different spread of names might be familiar or unfamiliar to different people.4.5 5 starsYou can find reviews on my blog.

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    A beautifully produced chapbook I envy readers who will be reading these poems for the first time I d already read the first and last poems, and I contributed a long one in between, so my experience was not as immersive as a first time reader s will be That said, I was utterly transported by Mari Ness s Madrepore, Mary Alexandra Agner s Agnes Pockels Washes the Physics, and Sonya Taaffe s Phliasian Investigations I also enjoyed learning about R zsa P ter, James Barry, and the cover girl Mary Alice McWhinnie.

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