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Simpson Center for the Humanities

Linda Bierds

Second Hand: A Poet’s Journey Toward Science
Tuesday, November 15, 2011 - 7:00pm
Kane Hall, Room 110

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Interested in the intersections of art, history, and science, Linda Bierds’ poems feature rich portraits of historical figures beyond their great achievements. Instead, she situates them in intimate, everyday moments, and by doing so presents the unique ways in which each interprets the world: Benjamin Franklin as a boy using a kite to pull himself across a pond, Beethoven being brought his ear trumpet by a small child, a young Galileo conducting experiments.

Nationally recognized as one of the most accomplished poets of her generation, Bierds is the author of nine poetry collections, including Flight: New and Selected Poems (2008), The Seconds (2001), The Profile Makers (1997), and The Ghost Trio (1994). Her collection, First Hand, was named “Best Poetry Book of 2005” by USA Book News, and her many awards include a MacArthur “Genius” Grant, several Pushcart Prizes for individual poems, and fellowships from the National Endowment for the Arts, Guggenheim and Ingram Merrill Foundations.