Quantum Field Theory: a Sonnet
by Judith Goldhaber
Making a poem out of light and air
First published in Byline.
Copyright © 2003, Judith Goldhaber
Judith Goldhaber is a poet, playwright, and science journalist. During the past year she won the Annie Finch Prize for Poetry, sponsored by The National Poetry Review, and has been a finalist in five other national poetry competitions. Her poems have appeared in The Literary Review, Byline, and The National Poetry Review. As a journalist specializing in physics and astronomy, she has published over 1,000 articles. As a playwright working with composer Carl Pennypacker, she has written the book and lyrics for two musicals based on the lives of great individuals in modern science, focusing on their humanity and little known aspects of their lives. Their musical about Stephen Hawking, Falling Through a Hole in the Air, received a grant from Paul Newman's "Newman's Own" Foundation, and was produced a few years ago by San Francisco City College. Their new musical (about Einstein's "lost" daughter Liesel) is looking for a producer, and two book-length manuscripts of poetry, The Garden Spider and Sonnets from Aesop, are looking for a publisher. She also juggles a husband and two daughters.
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