Shaping Words

By Judy Rakowsky

Anticipating those who might view research and poetry as disparate, English Professor Robert Pinsky—shown above with poet and lecturer Maggie Dietz—points out that the root for the word “research” is the same as the root for “circus.” In that sense, he says, poets and students of poetry have much in common with researchers in hard and social sciences: “They are all circling around looking for something central.”