Poets

Poets for Science is a participatory project and installation exploring the connection between science and poetry.

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I pledge allegiance to the gorillas who groom their dead, / the elephants who mourn theirs, / the octopuses with their three brains and many disguises, / the pigeons who can count, / the salps gleaming yesterday on Crane Beach, / a thousand tiny pearls, / that is to say: all my fellow creatures / on our tiny blue planet / floating in the vastness
Elizabeth J. Coleman, NYC
I pledge allegiance to vast steppe territories / and the smell of grass and blossoming fruit orchards / with confidence in my ability to have this feeling forever
Olena, Ukraine
I pledge allegiance to the warm fragrant summer nights, / the sweet voices of the crickets, / singing in the dark, / the never-ending magic of the Black Sea, / to all the creatures who are living here and now with me!
Spasina Staneva, Pazardzhik, Bulgaria
I pledge allegiance to human kindness. / To preserve and cherish humanity / and the pale blue dot, / the only home we’ve ever known.
Manav Sumara, Ahmedabad, India
I pledge allegiance to the vast emptiness between subatomic particles / The infinite variety of planets and suns / The hardness of time / And the softness of matter
James, Cranbury
I pledge allegiance to recognizing the implicit oneness of self and other; / to finding in the lines of my palm / the traces of yours.
Anonymous
I pledge allegiance to the green tree days of my childhood
Genevieve, Cleveland
I pledge allegiance to the right of every species to thrive, / in functioning ecosystems, / and of all people to thrive alongside them
Michaela, Nashville
I pledge allegiance to Cosmology, to our place in the universe, / to what dwarfs us and makes us look up / to stars and star stuff, / to galactic ballet, / to the bigger-than-me, / to the gorgeous system of which / I am an infinitely small subset
Molly, Johnson City, TN
I pledge allegiance to original thought / To the creative fulfillment of our human nature
Sebastian Baca, Albuquerque
I pledge allegiance to the power of gravity’s imposing pull
Alessandro, Los Angeles
I pledge allegiance to quantum mechanics / And superposition, / Cats who are both dead and alive / And the version of myself / Whose ashes sit on my sister’s mantle.
Anonymous, San Diego
I pledge allegiance to old growth forests, partnered through soil and specie, You are the carbon soul of soil, a mother leading seedin mycorrhizal connection, under leaf-sky canopy, with aerobic symbioses for all
Alycia Calvert
I pledge allegiance to the spiders, tangling their silken webs across fingered branches, cocooning their prey in gossamer coffin.
Lauren E. Osborn, Stillwater, OK
I pledge allegiance to footsteps uncovered in the white sands of New Mexico from 22 thousand years ago.
Christopher Wick, Tucson
I pledge allegiance to the lulling drumbeat of collectivepulse, always existing, waiting for us to acknowledge our powerand purpose as one breathing planet of possibilities
Alex Petunia, Los Angeles
I pledge allegiance to the things not yet heard not yet seen and not yet experienced. I pledge allegiance to the imagination and a new scope of reality.
Ebani Welch, Doylestown
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Exhibit

Poets for Science creates customized participatory exhibits exploring the connection between science and poetry.

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Collection

Read the special collection of poetry banners curated by Jane Hirshfield.

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Videos

View the Poets for Science collection as read by the contributing poets.

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Project

“Hirshfield, who curated the poems, describes the posters as ‘Human-sized poems,’ bringing forward the human side of science—how we think and feel with its knowledge, how its knowledge touches our lives in ways from galactic to microscopic.”

Dana Isokawa, Poets & Writers

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