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The Poetics of Invention

Now through June 01, 2021

Miller Nichols Library, 4th Floor - Dean's Gallery

A group of visitors gather around an interactive exhibit element: a desk where visitors can make their own rubbings of Chinese text
You never change things by fighting the existing reality.
To change something, build a new model that makes the existing model obsolete.
-- R. Buckminster Fuller

The “Poetics of Invention” explores the process of invention from ideation to fabrication and commercialization. Share in the story of one University of Oklahoma professor, inventor, and entrepreneur as he attempts to make English more accessible to the 350 million Chinese learners in the world. His goal: merge the world’s two most-spoken languages in a brand new way - at the level of their phonetic DNA.

We are excited to host this traveling exhibit to share these exciting innovations with our Kansas City community! The exhibit is free to view, and open during library open hours.


Meet the Curator

Professor Jonathan StallingJonathan Stalling is a poet, artist, scholar, and inventor working at the intersection of Chinese and English. Dr. Stalling is a Professor of English specializing in East-West Poetics at the University of Oklahoma, where he is a founding editor of Chinese Literature Today magazine and book series, and the Curator of the Chinese Literature Translation Archive at the University of Oklahoma Library.


For more information about the exhibit, visit or contact the library.

Posted: August 02, 2018