Louise Fazackerley & Ikram Hamud: This Is Science

As part of Experimental Words, we challenge each of our scientist-poet pairings to speed-write a new poem with the title This Is Science. Here’s Louise Fazackerley and Ikram Hamud with their interpretation - and most excellent it is too! Check them out at the event on Thursday - part of Manchester Science Festival!

This Is Science

Science is a book
Tell me I can’t open it
Science is a solution
big banging never-ending always growing
I am a token
I sit on my own at work
Science is a lifecycle
That doesn’t recognise my life
Baby-maker. 23 chromosomes + 23 chromosomes= 1
Science is in my DNA. Google it.
Society creates silos
I test this I test this

We Are In-Residence at Unearth Science Festival!

We are still buzzing from last night's Experimental Words at Chicago Botanic Garden - five phenomenal sci-poetry performances in front of an electric crowd! More on that later, but for now Sam and I are poets-in-residence at the Unearth Science Festival. 

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José Olivarez & Krissa Skogen: This Is Science

We're well underway with Experimental Words in Chicago, and we're super excited to see what our poet-scientist pairings produce at the show on Friday night. In the meantime, here's another poem from one of the pairs: the poet José Olivarez and the scientist Krissa Skogen with 'This Is Science'. 

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Dr. Illingworth & Mr. Simpson & Chicago Botanic Garden

We are in Chicago - although Sam's suitcase decided to have an extended stay in Philadelphia on the way. I'm not surprised, given that it's 0 degrees and snowing here! The blanket of white does make Chicago Botanic Garden look magical, though we were hoping for the green and bloom of spring-time. Anyway, Sam has been reunited with his clothes now so let's tell you what we're up to in Chi-Town: Dr. Illingworth & Mr. Simpson have been brought over to run our science-poetry mash-up project Experimental Words as part of the Garden's Unearth Science Festival.

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Keith Jarrett & Jess Wade: This Is Science

The Experimental Words London show is nearly here! Next Monday our intrepid poets and scientists will debut brand new micro-performances at Springer Nature, exploring research through spoken word. The two previous shows in Manchester and Canterbury have been incredible and sold out, so make sure to grab your free ticket now if you're planning on coming! In the meantime, here's poet Keith Jarrett's take on This Is Science, which he wrote when paired with Dr. Jess Wade. 

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