Poets = Unlearned Yokel Vermin? Really?

A recent article by Erika Wurst in the Beacon-News (Aurora, IL) reports about the new book by Nobel Laureate Leon Lederman and physicist Christopher Hill, Quantum Physics for Poets, that

Quantum physics is no longer just for scholars.

On Thursday, two local scientists will be on hand to discuss their new book aimed to bring the subject to the masses.

Since when are poets not strange scholars? Since when are we synonymous with the masses? Yes, we are being oversensitive, because poets are alternately scrappy chive-fisted monkeys and delicate little daffodils. But still…

OK, we’ve got that out of our system. Now we can go back to reading Effulgent Versifying for Tight-Fisted Accounts Payable Supervisors, which our professor assigned for our very elite MFA workshop, to see how the other half lives.

All of this reminds me of the “Diversity” episode of Wonder Showzen, in which it is scurrilously established that “numbers are smarter than letters.”

About poetsguide

A former altar boy and a former U.S. Army interrogator, respectively, John F. Buckley and Martin Ott were born and raised in Michigan, meeting each other at the University of Michigan-Ann Arbor before separately migrating to California in the early 1990s to attend graduate schools, their friendship evolving into a writing collaboration – what they refer to as poetic volleyball. They both currently live in Southern California, John with his wife, Martin with his wife and two children. John teaches English composition at several local colleges, while Martin works as a marketing strategist for a global company. John still affects a strange piety; Martin still finds himself asking a lot of questions. Individually and together, their writing has appeared in over 150 periodicals and anthologies, garnering three Pushcart Prize nominations for Martin’s poems “India Ivy” and “When Bridges Fall” (available in his collection Children of Interrogation, which has been a finalist or semi-finalist in eighteen poetry prizes) and John’s “Poem for Christy’s Daughter” (available in his collection Kinks in the Hose). Martin has also optioned three screenplays. His chapbook Misery Loves was published on Red Dancefloor Press. John’s chapbook Breach Birth was published on Propaganda Press.
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