Three for Tuesday: Collage, Collaboration, and an Original Poem

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This is the third in a series of collaborative poem – collage combinations loosely following the theme of “science” that I’ve had with Ms. Kerfe from Method Two Madness. It has been a delight and we hope to keep it going! This collage by Ms. Kerfe was inspired by a short poem by me entitled “The Financial Backers of Past Naturalists.”

The Financial Backers of Past Naturalists

They have realized their dreams:
modern science seeks only to describe
that which will serve us eventually.

~Marcy Erb

Just a couple of days after I wrote this poem and sent it off, there was an editorial in the New York Times, “Useless Creatures” by Richard Conniff, essentially expressing the same sentiment along with concern over where that will lead science – an interesting short read that made me feel very timely!

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  1. Marcy, That is such a thought-provoking poem. I was just reading the poem “Science” by Robinson Jeffers. I would be interested in hearing what you think about it. John

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    1. Hi John, That’s a fantastic poem – thanks for pointing me to it! (It is now on the mental radar for illustration too 🙂 ). The imagery is so strong and I was really drawn to the multiple references to Greek mythology. After reading it, I was left thinking about the exquisitely dualistic nature of scientific discovery – how we have cured diseases and eased a lot of suffering, achieved feats that seem boundless, but that much technology and science is the instrument of suffering and destruction (particularly environmental destruction, but personal and societal too). Curious to hear what drew you to that poem as well.
      Sincerely,
      Marcy

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      1. Hi Marcy, Thank you for your thoughts on that poem. You read poetry so well – you are really attuned to all the nuances. I was confused about this poem because I thought it was about the atomic bomb and then I found out it was written in 1925. I’m not sure what he could have been referring to in 1925. But to the larger point I think you are right – the perils of science. You say it more beautifully than Robinson Jeffers does! Your blog is really inspiring. Thanks again. John

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      2. Thanks, John! I didn’t realize how early this poem was either – it did feel more contemporary to me upon first reading. Although it would have been 7 years after, maybe Jeffers is referring to the horrors technology wrought in the First World War – air bombing and nerve gas and such technological warfare. I thoroughly enjoy your blog as well – I am often smiling and nodding at all of your creative combinations! ~Marcy

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