No App for That
Nuance and metaphorical thinking are not forthcoming from today’s most widely used apps.
Read from an analysis by psychologist Sherry Turkle.
The Unloved Planet
Consider these results from a 2014 Pew Research Center poll via NPR, which found that only 29 percent of respondents rated dealing with global warming as a top priority for the president and Congress. Compare that to strengthening the economy, improving jobs situation or defending the country from terrorism? Poetry could help us to love it more.
“Machines” by Michael Donaghy
Dearest, note how these two are alike:
This harpsicord pavane by Purcell
And the racer’s twelve-speed bike.
The machinery of grace is always simple.
This chrome trapezoid, one wheel connected
To another of concentric gears,
Which Ptolemy dreamt of and Schwinn perfected,
Is gone. The cyclist, not the cycle, steers.
And in the playing, Purcell’s chords are played away.
So this talk, or touch if I were there,
Should work its effortless gadgetry of love,
Like Dante’s heaven, and melt into the air.
If it doesn’t, of course, I’ve fallen. So much is chance,
So much agility, desire, and feverish care,
As bicyclists and harpsicordists prove
Who only by moving can balance,
Only by balancing move.