In the extraordinary sequence that opens this new collection and gives it its character, Diana Syder draws on her deep knowledge of science without discarding the common values of day-to-day language.

Many of the poems in the book came out of a residency in Electronic and Electrical Engineering at the University of Sheffield, funded by an award from the Leverhulme Trust.

The title poem of Hubble, Diana Syder’s prize-winning first collection, was included on the CD of the Institute of Physics ‘A’ Level package. Her second book, Maxwell’s Rainbow, was a Poetry Book Society Recommendation.

She has worked on collaborations, workshops and performances in the fields of poetry, science, contemporary music, dance and art. In 2000 she won a Public Awareness of Science Award (Institute of Physics).

She has had several pieces set to music by the American composer William Neil, which were premiered in Chicago and Denmark.

‘She considerably frees and expands the scale of the poetry. There’s a persistent understated virtuosity in the way she accommodates this breadth without ever straining her conversational tone. “You cannot have literature without curiosity!” said Pound. Syder has abundant curiosity: spacious, intelligent and sociable.’ — Roy Fisher

‘A dazzling celebration of an inquiring human mind’ — New Scientist

‘Here is an English poet who is amazed by the world and wants to tell you how amazed she is’ — Jim Burns

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