SPARTANBURG, S.C.– The editors of The Literary Review, an international journal of contemporary writing, have selected a poem penned by a Converse College professor for the prestigious Charles Angoff Award. Each summer, one poem is selected from approximately 50 submissions that have appeared in the journal throughout the year, and is featured in the Fall edition.
Richard Mulkey, Assistant Professor and Chair of the English department at Converse, cleverly mixes the languages of scientific theory and love in “Quantum Flux.” In the poem, a couple stands at the threshold of their future together as they gaze from a river bridge. That moment of wonder and fantasy is compared to the rather strict and predictable world of physics.
The combination of science and everyday language reflects a trend in poetry. “We are living in an age of technology and science,” says Mulkey. “Science is all around us…everywhere we turn. It is only natural that the two worlds begin to overlap.”
Mulkey is a Virginia native and joined the Converse faculty in 1995.