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Today's poem is "Emptying Out"
from One Hundred White Pelicans

Tebot Bach

Robin Chapman is a poet and scientist who grew up in Oak Ridge, Tennessee. She is author of eight books of poetry, including The Way In (Tebot Bach) and Images of a Complex World: The Art and Poetry of Chaos (with J.C. Sprott's fractals), both winners of the Posner Poetry Award; The Dreamer Who Counted the Dead, winner of an Outstanding Achievement Poetry Award from the Wisconsin Library Association, Abundance, winner of the Cider Press Review Editors' Award, and the eelgrass meadow (Tebot Bach). Her poems have appeared in The American Scholar, The Hudson Review; The Iowa Review; OnEarth, and Wilderness among many other journals; and on Poetry; Daily, Verse Daily and American Lift in Poetry. She is recipient of the 2010 Appalachia Poetry Prize. Retired from teaching and research in children's language development and disorders at the Dept. of Communicative Disorders, University of Wisconsin-Madison, she continues to help organize the weekly U W-Chaos and Complex Systems Seminar and lives with her husband Will Zarwell in Madison.

Other poems by Robin Chapman in Verse Daily:
November 30, 2011:   "Cassandra Looks at Dark Matter Through Hubble's Eye" "Winter again, and all that futile calling out..."
February 1, 2009:   "Dailiness" "It is the birds..."

Books by Robin Chapman:

Other poems on the web by Robin Chapman:
"Time"
"Co-Evolution"
"5/4-5/5"
"Enough"
Two poems
Two poems
Five poems
Five poems
"Bloodroot"
Two poems
Three poems
"Cosmology Cooking"

Robin Chapman's Blog.

Robin Chapman according to Wikipedia.

About One Hundred White Pelicans:

"Who but Robin Chapman would think of Planck's equation, Einstein and quanta while chopping onions, the origins of the universe while pork fat sizzles in the pan? With a scientist's knowledge and a poet's eye for beauty and correspondences, she tracks the stars and considers the fate of the earth; hers is an acute, observant gaze that moves with ease from paleontology to the private lives of rabbits in poems that join the work of intellect and love."
—Eleanor Wilner

"In One Hundred White Pelicans, Robin Chapman continues her compelling poetic exploration of the natural world. As she moves from Wisconsin to France, from broad landscapes to the microscopic, from the news that spills out of our televisions to what biology tell us will be the fate of our troubled world, the scientist in her explains while the poet gives us hope. One Hundred White Pelicans is a wise and wondrous book that will make you worried for our world and long for its redemption."
—Jesse Lee Kercheval

"One of my favorite words is 'redolent,' and these poems are certainly that: redolent of a damp Adirondack trail, and of an imagined parched future. A future that we can still prevent, but only with great acts of the imagination and the will."
—Bill McKibben

"The poems in Robin Chapman's One Hundred White Pelicans interweave a story of some of nature's most sacred treasures, now threatened by looming environmental crises. Chapman's ideas are so rich, and in ten or so lines she cuts to the essence of scientific concepts and heated debates. From oil disasters and the gulf coast dead zone, to the imminent end of arctic settlements and the pine beetle's path of destruction spurred by global warming, Chapman lays bare today's inconvenient truths. Her poem, 'Cassandra on Prozac' makes clear that solutions abound, yet even the simplest elude our grasp in a world divided by competing interests. Yet Chapman delivers some 'flashes of hope' that celebrate successful innovations simple in design yet large in impact that can 'seed the future' and provide hope in the face of today's challenges. In short, Chapman's collection of poems represents one of the most concise, yet penetrating, assessments of the state of our world that I have ever read."
—Jonathan Patz



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