I’ve never been one to advocate the separation of the sciences from the arts. Da Vinci made great strides in both precisely because he did not limit himself to the study of either one.
William Carlos Williams was another such Renaissance man. He managed to write his great volume of poetry while still maintaining an active physician’s practice. Hard to fathom, but true.
Many contemporary poets have emerged with roots in the big, wide world of science. Here are a dozen “sciency” collections that I would recommend:
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1. Animal Eye by Paisley Rekdal
2. Corpus by Michael Symmons Roberts
3. Diary of a Cell by Jennifer Gresham
4. The Elephant Tests by Matthew Merritt
5. On Light and Carbon by Noel Duffy
6. Of Mutability by Jo Shapcott
7. Night Photograph by Lavinia Greenlaw
8. Radial Symmetry by Katherine Larson
9. Science and Other Poems by Alison Hawthorne Deming
10. Some Citrus Makes Me Blue by Megan Fernandes
11. Spanish Fly by Neil Rollinson
12. Toxic Flora by Kikimo Hahn
Please add to the list by leaving your own recommendations in the comments. Thanks and enjoy!