Poem by Mary Oliver – The Summer Day

The Summer Day

Who made the world?
Who made the swan, and the black bear?
Who made the grasshopper?
This grasshopper, I mean-
the one who has flung herself out of the grass,
the one who is eating sugar out of my hand,
who is moving her jaws back and forth instead of up and down-
who is gazing around with her enormous and complicated eyes.
Now she lifts her pale forearms and thoroughly washes her face.
Now she snaps her wings open, and floats away.
I don’t know exactly what a prayer is.
I do know how to pay attention, how to fall down
into the grass, how to kneel down in the grass,
how to be idle and blessed, how to stroll through the fields,
which is what I have been doing all day.
Tell me, what else should I have done?
Doesn’t everything die at last, and too soon?
Tell me, what is it you plan to do
with your one wild and precious life?

-Mary Oliver

from New and Selected Poems, 1992
Beacon Press, Boston, MA

Next Class!

Greetings all,

Tomorrow afternoon we will meet at MassArt in N181 and do many wonderful things.

3 – 4 We will take a look at your mood boards – you can bring them in physical form, on a hard drive, laptop, or flash drive, or we can look at a URL. I will have the projector ready for you. Bring whatever you can in whatever form. no time to waste!

4 – 4:45 We will finally get a chance to discuss this article: http://seedmagazine.com/content/print/the_future_of_science_is_art/
So please review.

4:45 – 5 We will discuss the next step of storyboarding your group’s idea.

At 5,  you will have some time to work together in groups. You can stay in N181. go to the library, caf, your studios, as long as you can make it back to class by 7:15 to report on your progress.

Below you can get a leg up on the readings, I will assign during tomorrow’s class – see below.

2013 will be a busy year for artscientists and scienceartists.


The Thinker (Le Penseur), Auguste Rodin, 1902

2012 generated the following “Most important questions of science” – http://www.sciencedebate.org/questions.htm

As quoted from the ScienceDebate.org site – “Whenever the people are well-informed,” Thomas Jefferson wrote, “they can be trusted with their own government.”

Science now affects every aspect of life and is an increasingly important topic in national policymaking.

ScienceDebate.org invited thousands of scientists, engineers and concerned citizens to submit what they felt were the the most important science questions facing the nation that the candidates for president should be debating on the campaign trail.

ScienceDebate then worked with the leading US science and engineering organizations… to refine the questions and arrive at a universal consensus on what the most important science policy questions facing the United States are in 2012.

Candidates readily debate jobs and the economy even though they are not economists; they debate foreign policy and military intervention even though they are not diplomats or generals; they debate faith and values even though they are not priests or pastors. We call on the candidates for President to also debate these Top American Science Questions that affect all voters’ lives.”

We’d better get busy.