WHO ARE WE

Guest - Cover FrontWho Are We investigates the history of the universe and, in it, the role of humanity.  About the book, Harvard University Professor of Biology Brian Farrell said “I am overwhelmed by the beauty and truth of this epic poem.”

Feel free to check it out on Amazon. As a sneak peak, here is how it begins:

PREFACE

Know then thyself, presume not God to scan;
The proper study of mankind is man.

– Alexander Pope, An Essay on Man: Epistle II

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Poor Man. The aching weight of the heavy question.
Rich Man. Climbing the hills of comprehension.
What question could be so big, so necessary
To know its answer, to plague him, drive him?
Whether long ago, or in our age, we have pined
To know about this,
Our place in our Universe.

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I am overwhelmed by the beauty and truth of this epic poem.

~Brian D. Farrell, Ph.D., Professor of Biology, Harvard University

This poem, “Who Are We,” carries with it a remarkably clear insight not only into modern cosmology, but also the basic physics underlying modern cosmology. I read into the night because I couldn’t put it down. How did we get here, what are we, and where are we going is a wonderful read.

~Norris Keeler, Ph.D., Editorial Board, Journal of Cosmology

The topic of Who Are We is the fundamental question we all think about when we step into philosophy or poetry, and this poem captures the subject the way it appears to me. It’s a kind of poetry that is not seen every day on our present poetry landscape, but it’s good poetry, real poetry, with something to say and it can be understood. This book deserves attention.

~Hon. Evelyn Keyes, Ph.D., Associate Justice, First Court of Appeals, Texas

I am not a poet but I enjoy reading poetry, and Guest’s poem is very satisfying. The topic is well served by the language, which may be his own genre. It makes his thesis understandable and informative, which certainly provides a lot to think about. I plan on sharing this with friends who I believe will want to read it. What a gift that he has written it.

~Joe Merrill, M.D., Professor Emeritus, Baylor College of Medicine

I wanted to give this poem the attention that it deserves. It was really an adventure and a journey for me. I learned a lot…thought a lot…and felt a lot. It really is an amazing work. It’s not just science. It is man’s voice struggling with it, and playing with it, and feeling the terror and wonder of it. In a way, it is a very important poem for our times because we are at the end of an epoch of time, and everything is changing so rapidly that there is a need for a poetic voice, or many poetic voices, speaking of it…and this poem has a rich combination of thoughts, the science and the poetry.

~Loueva Smith, Poet, Playwright, Performance Artist