If you’re a doctor, you certainly don’t have time to write, and that’s what turned me away from medicine. I realized that I was spending my time in the library stacks of poetry, not of science.
A blank computer screen makes me want to throw up.It’s not conducive to good writing. The physicality of longhand pleases me. I can revise as I work in a way that doesn’t happen on a laptop.
Leslie Wu first read her poem, “Say 23,” in the Ruby programming language in which it was written. As she read the poem, she entered the code into her laptop. She then ran the program, which downloaded Psalm 23. Her code then rearranged selected words from the Scripture, assigned them precise audio frequencies and instructed the computer to recite the reconstructed psalm.
The aim of science is to make difficult things understandable in a simpler way; the aim of poetry is to state simple things in an incomprehensible way. The two are incompatible.