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Poetry as Fieldwork by Elizabeth Bradfield


Poetry as Fieldwork by Elizabeth Bradfield

For naturalist and poet Elizabeth Bradfield, the science governing the natural world is as fascinating as the poetry that describes it. “Poetry, is for me, an investigation as open and un-ended and thrilling as biology field work,” she says. “The necessary focus of attending; the importance of what happens in the periphery, on the edge of your subject; the unanticipated discovery that comes at the moment when your head tilts, your mind brightens like a crow's
glinted eye, and you think, ‘That's funny.’”

Bradfield will share how she knits both together in a presentation called “Poetry as Field Work.” An associate professor of English at Brandeis, she works as a naturalist on Cape Cod as well as on expedition ships. She has authored three collections of poetry: “Interpretive Work,” which won the Audre Lorde Prize and was a finalist for a Lambda Literary Award; “Approaching Ice,” a finalist for the James Laughlin Award; and “Once Removed.” Her upcoming book, “Toward Antarctica,” uses haibun and photographs to investigate her time working as a naturalist on ecotour ships in Antarctica.

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