Poetry & Chemistry as Form

Activity: Talk or presentation typesPublic talk, debate, discussion


What emerges when poetic form is built from science? In a current collaboration, Miranda Lynn Barnes has been working with medicinal chemist and poet Stephen Paul Wren to explore this question. Examining the form and structures of chemical compounds such as geranyl pyrophosphate and limonene, indole-3-acetic acid and tryptophan, and chemical processes such as those in photosynthesis, they have created new poetic forms inspired by chemistry. With a particular focus on plant chemistry, themes from the poets’ own engagement with the natural world have begun to transpire in the poems. Exploring this common ground has led to unexpected new insights and ideas around form and process. Join Miranda and Stephen for a brief presentation on their collaboration, a reading of some of the resulting poems, and an audience Q&A. This event is free and open to all.
Period5 May 2021
Event titleIndisciplinary Poetics research Cluster
Event typeSeminar

Structured keywords

  • Centre for Material Texts
  • Bristol Poetry Institute