Poetry as Fieldwork with Elizabeth Bradfield
“The poetry of earth is never dead,” Keats tells us, and it is true that the natural world has been both muse and mystery for writers of every age and in every language. For naturalist and poet Elizabeth Bradfield, the science governing the natural world is as fascinating as the poetry that describes it. In February, she will share how she knits both together in a presentation called “Poetry as Field Work.” Bradfield, an associate professor of English at Brandeis, works as a naturalist on Cape Cod as well as on expedition ships, in addition to authoring three collections of poetry: Interpretive Work, which won the Audre Lorde Prize and was a finalist for a Lambda Literary Award; Approaching Ice, which was 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. “Poetry, is for me, an investigation as open and un-ended and thrilling as biology field work,” Bradfield 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 her poetry as well as discuss how her work in biology informs her creative process. Her talk will be in the Grace Allen Room on the fourth floor of the library, on Thursday, February 8 at 6 p.m. It will be followed by a reception and book signing.
Hosted by the USF Humanities Institute, the event will be on Thursday, February 8th at 6pm in the Grace Allen Room (4th Floor of the USF Tampa Library). Free and open to the public. For more information, contact Mallory Danley, firstname.lastname@example.org, 813-974-2913.