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October 21, 2003

It takes me a while to get around to reading PAW these days, but the September 10 issue had more interesting material than I've seen in a long time, from an exceptionally cogent letter by a friend (Dan Krimm '78) to the two-page ACLU advertisement.

The piece that really caught my fancy, though, was about the construction of a scientist/poet collider at St. Andrews University. Another commonality that occurred to me might be a shared sense of elegance, embodied as economy of expression. I think of poetry as highly compressed language, packing the most possible power and meaning into relatively few words.

In the same way, scientists are always searching for the relatively simple relationships that often underlie complex observations.

Thank you for an excellent issue. I haven't read one cover-to-cover in years.

Rick Mott '73
Ringoes, N.J.

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October 6, 2003

I was intrigued by the story regarding Professors Warren S. Warren and Paul Muldoon's experiment (feature, September 10).

Being a champion of the spoken word, I wonder what difference there might be in the brain's psychological response to hearing the Muldoon poem read aloud and hearing the registrar's instructions, vis-à-vis reading them.

Perhaps Professor Warren could produce some MRI brain scans to reflect this variation on his experiment.

Robert G. McHugh '50
Board Member - New Jersey Poetry Society, Inc.
Lawrenceville, N.J.

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