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Billy Collins’s Advice to Writers
Billy Collins’s Advice to Writers

“Spotlessness is the niece of inspiration.”

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Planetarium: Astrophysicist Janna Levin Reads Adrienne Rich’s Tribute to Trailblazing Women in Science
Planetarium: Astrophysicist Janna Levin Reads Adrienne Rich’s Tribute to Trailblazing Women in Science

“I am bombarded yet I stand.”

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Gwendolyn Brooks on Vulnerability as Strength and Her Advice to Writers
Gwendolyn Brooks on Vulnerability as Strength and Her Advice to Writers

“Wherever life can grow, it will. It will sprout out, and do the best it can.”

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Poems of Space: Pioneering Astrophysicist Jocelyn Bell Burnell Reads “Halley’s Comet” by Stanley Kunitz
Poems of Space: Pioneering Astrophysicist Jocelyn Bell Burnell Reads “Halley’s Comet” by Stanley Kunitz

An ode to the transcendent meeting point of outer space and inner space.

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Working Together: Poet and Philosopher David Whyte’s Beautiful Ode to Our Mutuality with the World
Working Together: Poet and Philosopher David Whyte’s Beautiful Ode to Our Mutuality with the World

“We shape our self to fit this world and by the world are shaped again.”

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Rosanne Cash on How Science Saved Her Life, the Source of Every Artist’s Power, and Her Beautiful Reading of Adrienne Rich’s Tribute to Marie Curie
Rosanne Cash on How Science Saved Her Life, the Source of Every Artist’s Power, and Her Beautiful Reading of Adrienne Rich’s Tribute to Marie Curie

“She died a famous woman denying / her wounds / denying / her wounds came from the same source as her power.”

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The Mushroom Hunters: Neil Gaiman’s Feminist Poem About Science, Read by Amanda Palmer
The Mushroom Hunters: Neil Gaiman’s Feminist Poem About Science, Read by Amanda Palmer

An ode to humanity’s unheralded originators of the scientific method.

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Poetry as Protest and Sanctuary: Jane Hirshfield’s Magnificent Poem Against the Silencing of Science and the Assault on Nature
Poetry as Protest and Sanctuary: Jane Hirshfield’s Magnificent Poem Against the Silencing of Science and the Assault on Nature

“The facts were told not to speak / and were taken away. / The facts, surprised to be taken, were silent.”

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Cynthia Nixon Reads Emily Dickinson’s “While I Was Fearing It, It Came”
Cynthia Nixon Reads Emily Dickinson’s “While I Was Fearing It, It Came”

“The trying on the utmost, / The morning it is new, / Is terribler than wearing it / A whole existence through.”

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An Anthem Against Silence: Amanda Palmer Reads Ella Wheeler Wilcox’s Piercing and Prescient 1914 Protest Poem
An Anthem Against Silence: Amanda Palmer Reads Ella Wheeler Wilcox’s Piercing and Prescient 1914 Protest Poem

“To sin by silence, when we should protest, makes cowards out of men.”

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