Poetical Science (for Ada Lovelace)

Eva Hilberg
EASST Review Volume 42(2) 2022

Winner – Poetry – Eva Hilberg

 

To think that form makes the poem

Is like

Thinking that science is about numbers

Is like

Looking at a machine and seeing pegs

Is like

Seeing an equation and reading only letters

Is like

Thinking a computer to be an oversized calculator 

Is like

Looking at the history of computing as an exercise of accountancy 

Is like

Calling invention a feat of engineering

Is like

Saying Charles Babbage without saying Ada Lovelace 

Is like

Thinking ideas will leap from any pen

Is like

Thinking that programming is not writing

Is like

Thinking that words and numbers are so very different 

Is like

Inventing an analytical engine to do sums

Is like

Saying Lovelace without saying Byron

Is like

Thinking creativity comes from order

Is like

Thinking genius is about recall

Is like

Thinking truth the result of arithmetic

Is like

Thinking you have to know where you are going to make a start

Author information

e.hilberg(at)sheffield.ac.uk

Eva Hilberg is a Post-doctoral Research Associate in Sociological Studies at the University of Sheffield, where she analyses the use of drug regulation, new technologies, and intellectual property rights in the definition of global health priorities. She currently also studies for an MSt in Creative Writing at the University of Oxford. Her poetry has been longlisted for the 2021 Live Canon International Poetry Competition, has appeared in HMC magazine, and as part of the Dark Canadee project. Twitter: @vareij

 

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