The Abacus of Years:


There are two topics that seem largely unexplored by American poets of our time. One is the deep attachment parents (and perhaps most especially working parents) form for their infants and how they perceive their children (perhaps as Blake saw them) with all the wisdom of their innocence. The second is the relationship of science, mathematics and metaphysics to our everyday life. Here is a book that explores, and to some degree attempts to define, the writer’s investigations in those two domains, one stemming from her experience as a mother, the other from her profession as a philosopher of science. And it is this juxtaposition of maternal emotion and detached, almost clinical, analysis that provides Grosholz’s wonderful new collection with such grace and such power.

Praise for The Abacus of Years

There is no end to the kinds of poems that Grosholz can write, always with distinction of language and with a great gift for wedding the measures of verse to the rhythms of thought.
—Richard Wilbur

Grosholz seems to keep a certain distance from her subjects and to manage this without the ironies one might expect. I take this to be a sign of the writer’s intelligence; it is certainly a mark of this poet’s admirable apartness from other poets of her time.
—Donald Justice

Emily Grosholz was born in Pennsylvania and educated at the University of Chicago and Yale University. She has served on the editorial boards of The Hudson Review, The Journal of the History of Ideas, Studia Leibnitiana, and The Journal of the Humanistic Mathematics, and on the Directive Committee of the Association for the Philosophy of Mathematical Practice. In addition, she has held fellowships from the Guggenheim Foundation, the National Endowment for the Humanities, and the American Council of Learned Societies. She currently teaches Philosophy, African American Studies and English, as well as being a member of the Center for Fundamental Theory / Institute for Gravitation and the Cosmos, at Pennsylvania State University.