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


Natural History

by Camille Dungy

Endangered Species

by Dan Beachy-Quick

The Astronomer’s Son

by Kazim Ali

On the Fifth Day

by Jane Hirshfield

Zinc Fingers

by Peter Meinke

My God, It’s Full of Stars

by Tracy K. Smith

The Leaves of a Dream Are the Leaves of an Onion (Section 2)

by Arthur Sze

A Bowl of Spaghetti

by Kimiko Hahn

The Common Crow Fibonacci

by Alicia Ostriker


by Jane Hirshfield

Imaginary Number

by Vijay Seshadri


by Alison Hawthorne Deming

Old Acquaintance

by Mark Jarman

The Scientific Method: Chemistry Laboratory

by Kim Roberts


by W.S. Merwin


by Marie Howe

In Any Event

by Dorianne Laux

Chaos Theory

by Linda Pastan read by Maddie

For All

by Gary Snyder read by Maddie


by Linda Pastan read by Isaiah

Say Something Interesting About Stars

by Laura Fargas read by Anya

Why Explain the Precise by Way of the Less Precise?

by Kay Ryan read by Olivia

Address: the Archaeans, One Cell Creatures

by Pattiann Rogers read by Olivia


Traveling Stanzas is a project of the College of Arts and Sciences’ Wick Poetry Center at Kent State University in collaboration with Visual Communication Design students and alumni. The purpose of Traveling Stanzas is to facilitate a global conversation through the intimate and inclusive voice of poetry. Learn more about the Traveling Stanzas project by visiting