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  • Collide

    26 August 2019

    When two great masses come into collision in space, it is certain that a large part of each is melted, but it seems also quite certain that in many cases a large quantity of debris must be shot forth in all directions Crescent-shaped Earth and Moon (NASA/JPL) As...

  • Waves

    17 February 2019

    ... content and process are not two separately existent things, but rather they are two aspects of views of one whole movement There is much to say about building upon the great insights of those who preceded us. I feel that many concepts have been defined...

  • Stories of the Universe

    30 June 2019

    Over the last several years, Poetry in America has partnered with Nautilus on a number of pieces exploring the links between poetry and science. We co-produced a conversation I had with Richard ... Science in Poetry. Poetry in Science... In a collision...

  • Transcendence

    28 October 2020

    Witch-hazel Even for a poet who sees connections between almost everything, connecting dots is a hard thing to do. I ought to step back, look with a broader perspective, and collect my thoughts. The short compilation of Dao De Jing 道德经 has always been...

  • A fool on the hill

    30 September 2019

    The Ghost of a Flea, William Blake Comets have made their appearance in works of art and literature. They left their mark in our collective memory. William Blake's portrayal of the Ghost of a Flea shows the attempt by an artist to capture the eerie moment...

  • On the terrible doubt of appearances

    22 May 2020

    Of the terrible doubt of appearances, Of the uncertainty after all, that we may be deluded, That may-be reliance and hope are but speculations after all, That may-be identity beyond the grave is a beautiful fable only, May-be the things I perceive, the...

  • There is something that feels

    04 October 2020

    I discover two sides of consciousness: on the first side a constitutive consciousness that is the state of being conscious of the phenomenon, and on the second side, the being or existence of this very consciousness itself. While most of us run out of...

  • The emergence of consciousness

    10 October 2020

    We sometimes feel that we have reached an impasse and need a breath of fresh air to keep going. Words are powerless without a final resolution. Our heart measures time; our brain harbors consciousness, and our body moves through space. Weighted down by...

  • Decoding a black hole

    04 January 2019

    Andy Goldsworthy’s Roof at the East Building of the National Gallery of Art in D.C. The installation is composed of nine stacked slate domes as if they were black holes at the center of nine galaxies – tiny cells where matter is kept prisoner and light...

  • Why is the Universe the way it is?

    12 June 2019

    If thinking is hard, how to fight my own bias. If thinking is hard, should I stop my inquiry and throw in the towel? If thinking is hard, should I be afraid to make a mistake? Our view of the Universe is shaped by our perception. Asking why the Universe...

  • Messengers in the dark

    09 January 2020

    Enhanced Image by Gerald Eichstädt and Sean Doran (CC BY-NC-SA) based on images provided Courtesy of NASA/JPL-Caltech/SwRI/MSSS The color-enhanced image of Jupiter’s swirling clouds raises questions about the degrees of reality and to what extent processing...

  • The ongoing story of white holes

    15 September 2020

    I gather my thoughts as I write and see more clearly what I have been trying to say that what binds Consciousness to the Universe is how every physical object feels the passing of time in the most personal and private manner. It isn’t a matter of whether...

  • Randomness

    17 November 2019

    ...probability is not a physical energy. Probability is an operational concept that can be held by a conscious mind, a philosophical category that is distinct from physical energy. Randomnicity is in the eye of the beholder. In order to gain a better...

  • Cosmic Consciousness

    02 September 2020

    A delicate thin rain Surrounds the house where I write Perched on the edge of nothingness. If everything was a dream, A sad lost life founded on vanity, the rain tells me nothing. As if sitting mesmerised in a car ride to an airport of the dead I recite...

  • A model of the Universe

    22 April 2020

    The naturalist can never be its concept. Once it has become so, it is most likely an idealist. Sentiment, backward looking, attempting to collect what a constant collision has distributed to history; the natural idealist is what it means to be living-torn-apart. Writing...

  • Poetry and Emotion

    28 April 2020

    Michael Heizer, Collapse In bed asleep, while they do dream things true April here in the US is National Poetry Month. It is also in the same month that Shakespeare was born and died. There are writers and artists, poets and philosophers, civil rights...

  • Poetry and solitude

    05 May 2020

    I am not solitary whilst I read and write, though nobody is with me. Solitude is sometimes sought after to find peace of mind after becoming disillusioned or to forget our pain. Whether they be Chinese poets Tao Qian 陶潜 and Wang Wei 王维 , Japanese artist-monk...

  • A State of Matter

    03 November 2020

    I have ancient eyes Musing chapters of history And longings once Embraced while Reminiscing more noble Epochs and questions Yet to be answered as I Stalk the shadows of inner Places teasing rationality I am the remnant Paradigm of past futures And the...

  • Earthrise

    11 December 2018

    December 2018 marks the fiftieth anniversary of Earthrise, a photograph taken by Astronaut Bill Anders aboard Apollo 8. Earthrise symbolizes the dramatic widening of humanity’s consciousness as if it pushes the doors of its gravitational prison to breath...

  • On the Nature of Solar Activity

    17 December 2019

    What one sentence of advice can encapsulate the embrace of breadth and the journey of experimentation that is necessary if you want...to arrive at a place optimized for you alone? A new subject brings along an array of metaphorical expressions like coronal...

  • Happenstance

    01 March 2020

    The "why" interests us only in view of the "wherefore." We wish to know whence we came only in order the better to be able to ascertain whither we are going…. Metacognition describes the underlying mechanism of my writings. I find myself utterly aware...

  • A phenomenological inquiry

    07 May 2019

    Shooting stars fall to Earth... Essentially phenomenology is a product of the transcendental subject, whereas science in the ordinary sense is a product of the mundane subject. Yet phenomenology necessary “appears” as the product of the mundane subject. Let’s...

  • Feelings

    02 July 2020

    Silver linings (Ollie Taylor, ESA) The pursuit of writing begs the question “why?”. I feel a constant need to better grasp all the ramifications within the framework of my own intent. No meaningful voice, I believe, can transpire without facing the question...

  • Cosmic Web

    21 October 2019

    We feel clearly that we are only now beginning to acquire reliable material for welding together the sum total of all that is known into a whole; but, on the other hand, it has become next to impossible for a single mind fully to command more than a small...

  • Crossing the phantom divide

    13 March 2019

    Poesy is a part of learning, in measure of words for the most part restrained, but in all other points extremely licensed, and doth truly refer to the imagination, which, being not tied to the laws of matter, may at pleasure join that which nature hath...

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