Poetry and Science Merge in Daniel Rounds’ “Some Distant Lateral Present”
Daniel Rounds’ debut poetry collection Some Distant Lateral Present is a thought-provoking ode to the beauty that is found within the study of mathematics and science.
Although it may seem odd to use poetry to sing the praises of no-nonsense fields such as math and science, Rounds uses his writing to help his readers see the beauty in things such as the scientific method and even mathematical paradoxes too. By writing about the wonders in science and math, Rounds takes us on an emotional journey that allows us to ponder the power of human subjectivity and the endless potentialities that exist in our world.
While the author provides no answers for those who dare to pick up his poetry collection, Rounds uses the social theory and continental philosophies of famous scholars such as Deleuze, Badiou, and Agamben to challenge us to break free of the given categories of the world that we see day in and day out, as well as the problematic social identities that we’ve constructed for ourselves.