Fractals is a collection of four poems about patterns in human behavior at a stratospheric level, poetry about how scientific concepts explain those patterns. A social scientist working at the intersection of cryptocurrency and global development, Gennarelli and her poetry respond to these patterns and to science. She writes about the technological components that hold our lives – geotagged images, restrictive menu defaults, distributed databases – and how they render an observer data. These data can be dehumanizing, abstract, analyzable, arguably inaccurate, but for Gennarelli, data becomes the raw basis for poetry. In Fractals, she brings us a poetry of crowd-funding, DNA testing, dark matter. Human data tells a story; science informs that story.
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About the Author
Vanessa Gennarelli is a poet living in Philadelphia, PA. She is the recipient of the Lorabel Richardson/Academy of American Poets Prize, and her work has appeared in The Grinnell Review, Apiary, and Hot Metal Bridge.