Ecologist Makes Headlines with Thoughts on Poetry, Science 

Dr. Madhur Anand
Dr. Madhur Anand

Ecologist Dr. Madhur Anand has made headlines with her thoughts on the intersections of art and science within poetry.   

A professor in the School of Environmental Sciences, Anand explained to Quill and Quire the inspirations behind her latest poetry collection, Parasitic Oscillations. She said science and art can connect to form metaphors within her poetry.   

In an article and in a Twitter thread for The Walrus, Anand reflected on how her poetry helps her to process her interactions with birds and grief, and how they are connected to her grief for global diversity loss.  

Anand is the director of the Guelph Institute for Environmental Research. Her first poetry collection was called A New Index for Predicting Catastrophes and her memoir, This Red Line Goes Straight to Your Heart: A Memoir of Halves, won the 2020 Governor General’s Literary Award for non-fiction.