How I Work as Poet and Scientist

How I Work as Poet and Scientist Author:RONALD HOFFMANN Date: March 21, 1988 I begin with a vision of unity of creative work in science and in the humanities and arts. The shared ground is clear: both involve acts of creation, accomplished through craftsmanship, with an attention to detail. Both science and art value the true economy of statement. They share a desire to communicate, although that often gets obscured by jargon and by the deadening ritual of the research report in science, by too

Ronald Hoffmann
Mar 20, 1988

How I Work as Poet and Scientist Author:RONALD HOFFMANN
Date: March 21, 1988

I begin with a vision of unity of creative work in science and in the humanities and arts. The shared ground is clear: both involve acts of creation, accomplished through craftsmanship, with an attention to detail. Both science and art value the true economy of statement. They share a desire to communicate, although that often gets obscured by jargon and by the deadening ritual of the research report in science, by too personal a style or a disregard for audiences in art.

Mind Grackles We are circling, we are flying,
beating novice Wings, not
in sky’s jig not in courting
darts, but

g-forces gentled,
plying earnest up drafts 
for lift. It isn’t easy
this flying, for something must
be forced past, something
molecular, and we must learn
to curl our wings just right,
so that which...