A striking poetic debut that brilliantly illuminates and celebrates the intersection of poetry and science, and the ways they can mediate our discovery of the world and our place in it.
MADHUR ANAND's poetry has appeared in literary magazines across North America and in The Shape of Content- Creative Writing in Mathematics and Science (AK Peters/CRC Press, 2008). She co-edited Regreen- New Canadian Ecological Poetry (Scrivener Press, 2009). A New Index For Predicting Catastrophes (McClelland and Stewart, 2015) is her first full-length poetry collection. Anand completed her PhD in theoretical ecology at Western University and is currently Full Professor in the School of Environmental Sciences at the University of Guelph. She lives in Guelph with her husband and three young children.
"In Madhur Anand's poems the ancient false dichotomy between art and science collapses, and does so with such grace, wit, and lan you'd think this had been its purpose all along. These poems are alive with the potency of their own hybrid attentions - rapt, nimble, and capable of unlocking the energies asleep in eco-scientific jargon as well as popular culture and the poet's Indian heritage. Here is a writing full of linguistic and conceptual verve, essential reading for all of us interested in poetry and the ecological arts." --Don McKay, Griffin Poetry Prize-winning author of Strike/Slip
"Anand's exquisitely crafted debut poetry collection combines scientific, observational, socially conscious, haunting and reflexively personal, and almost Romantic strains into a cohesive, captivating whole. . . . [A] seemingly effortless, deeply humanist sleight of hand. . . . Anand's attention to and ability to evoke explicit, exponential beauty in scientific and natural form are simply stunning. . . . Anand's debut is in every measure a triumph." --Publisher's Weekly