Scientists and Poets # Resist (Brill Publications, 2020)
Jul 11, 2020
From “Scientists and Poets # Resist:
This volume of creative nonfiction, personal narrative, and poetry is a conversation between poets and scientists and a dialogue between art and science. The authors are poets, scientists, and poet-scientists who use the sevel words–“vulnerable,” “entitlement,” “diversity,” “transgender,” “fetus,” “evidence-based” and “science-based”–banned by the Trump administration in official Health and Human Service documents in December 2017 in their contributions. The contributors use the the seven words to discuss their work, reactions to their work, and the creative environment in which they work. The resulting collection is an act of resistance, a political commentary, a conversation between scientists and poets, and a dialogue of collective voices using banned words as a rallying cry–Scientists and Poets #Resist–a warning that censorship is an issue connecting us all, an issue requiring a collective aesthetic response.
The editors and contributors approached this project from a place of vulnerability, using their experiences as poets and scientists in a time of censorship and attack to speak from a place of susceptibility to harm. The speaking of those experiences turned vulnerable into a show of strength and solidarity