Friday, December 18, 2015

Friday Poem

Art and Environment
Edward Hessler

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Jennifer Michael Hecht turned from history--undergraduate degree in history (Adelphi University) and a Ph.D. in the history of science (Columbia University)--to poetry. However, she taught history for about a decade, becoming a tenured associate professor at Nassau Community College.  However, she always intended to be a poet.  For a time, history was her day job.

Hecht, an outspoken secularist, describes her interests this way, "Poetry came first, then historical scholarship, then public atheism, and they probably remain in that order in my dedication to them." 
She turned her dissertation work into a book "of history and theory, The End of the Soul: Scientific Modernity, Atheism, and Anthropology."  This interview includes how she arrived at her secularism.

Here, is a lovely poem on NOT stopping in a wood on a snowy evening.                                                                  

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