Carl Djerassi wrote a group of 22 short poems at the start of his literary career, a few of which he repeatedly cited in his autobiographic books. While working to the Italian translation of Djerassi’s poems as a completely personal endeavour, I have tried to think of their meaning to a broader audience than aficionados and literary scholars. I will therefore describe the several points of contact I came to find between his novels and poems and some important and often unresolved issues of contemporary life, among which the use of scientific metaphors in common-life talk and the ethical training of scientists and technologists.

Private Words Addressed in Public: Carl Djerassi’s poetry at the science-to-humanities interface / F.M. Rubino - In: The SciArtist : Carl Djerassi's Science-in-Literature in Transatlantic and Interdisciplinary Contexts / [a cura di] W. Grünzweig. - Prima edizione. - Berlin : LIT Verlag, 2012. - ISBN 9783643902313. - pp. 157-167 (( convegno Transnational and Transatlantic American Studies: Carl Djerassi's Science-in-Literature in Transatlantic and Interdisciplinary Contexts tenutosi a Dortmund nel 2009.

Private Words Addressed in Public: Carl Djerassi’s poetry at the science-to-humanities interface

F.M. Rubino
Writing – Original Draft Preparation
2012

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Carl Djerassi wrote a group of 22 short poems at the start of his literary career, a few of which he repeatedly cited in his autobiographic books. While working to the Italian translation of Djerassi’s poems as a completely personal endeavour, I have tried to think of their meaning to a broader audience than aficionados and literary scholars. I will therefore describe the several points of contact I came to find between his novels and poems and some important and often unresolved issues of contemporary life, among which the use of scientific metaphors in common-life talk and the ethical training of scientists and technologists.
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