John Delaney, a professor of oceanography at the University of Washington, remarked, “It’s important to realize, I think, that culturally – not just scientifically, but culturally – the oceans touch human beings in deep and important ways.”
Delaney’s name might sound familiar. He appeared on our very first episode of Ocean Gazing nearly two years ago. In this 50th episode of our series, we check back in with Delaney on how he blends science and poetry to achieve a deeper understanding of our planet. Have a listen.
Thanks to Emily Friedman and Stephanie Hughes. Music credit: Ocean Poetry by Eventide Blue.
John Delaney finds poetic inspiration gazing at the ocean during his research cruises.
Poet Michael Collier aboard one of John Delaney's science cruises.
Poet Michael Collier. Poetry readings have become a ritual aboard Delaney's research cruises. Credit: Veronique Robigou.
One of John Delaney's favorite haikus is by the 17th-century Japanese poet Matsuo Basho. Credit: Ed Jansen.
Two miles down the sea floor is a skull, / the wounded head of a monster - fractured, / faulted, ridged. -- Michael Collier
National Science Education Standards Grade 5 to 8
National Science Education Standards Grade 9 to 12
Ocean Literacy Principles
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