This is just what interdisciplinary work should look like. The Universe in Verse is an annual celebration of science through poetry — combining two normally completely unrelated spheres of study, bringing new light to both through the lens of the other. This video shows an amazing performance at one of The Universe in Verse gatherings. Marie Howe, who teaches at Sarah Lawrence College, talks about her experience with an eco-poetry class, life as a single mom, and learning abridged astrophysics. But the main event is her moving, thoughtful poem — “Singularity”, based off of the work of Stephen Hawking.

Grappling with the notion of the singularity, unity, awareness, climate change, and so much more, the work is both a powerful nod to Hawking’s studies and a statement on now. You can see the whole video here:

The Universe in Verse: Marie Howe reads “Singularity” (after Stephen Hawking) from Maria Popova on Vimeo.

Poetry and science might not always seem like natural bedfellows, but this performance shows how both disciplines wrestle with the profound questions of meaning, togetherness, purpose, and identity. The Universe in Verse is a bold project and a valiant effort to help bring these two worlds together and create deeper perspectives in the process. Howe’s work is a perfect example of what an endeavour like this can lead to.