06/18/2014 04:13 PM
BATON ROUGE – Throughout his long career, James Applewhite skillfully navigated the
world of science through poetry. His new book, “Cosmos,” makes no exception, fearlessly
exploring time and consciousness in relation to the universe as described by Big Bang
cosmology — and as experienced by human beings in the everyday world. Applying experiences
from his present-day life and also a multitude of memories from his childhood to scientific
theories of the nature of the universe, the poet engages in a patient but relentless
— and finally deeply rewarding — quest for a sense of meaning in a cosmos whose dimensions
of space and time defy the human capacity to imagine.
In his quest, Applewhite suggests the continuing possibility of a crucial connection
to the universe through our seemingly tiny, evanescent experiences here on planet
Earth. The poems in Cosmos, available now from LSU Press, help value the human-related
dimensions of being all the more as they are discerned against the cosmic vastness.
A prolific poet, Applewhite was inducted into the North Carolina Literary Hall of
Fame in 2008 and is professor emeritus in creative writing at Duke University. He
has received the Associated Writing Programs Contemporary Poetry Prize, the Jean Stein
Award in Poetry from the American Academy and Institute of Arts and Letters, and a
Guggenheim Fellowship in Poetry.
Posted on Wednesday, June 18, 2014