"Poetry and Technical Writing" will be the topic of this year's James L. Barker Lecture in Language and Linguistics sponsored by the Brigham Young University College of Humanities.

John S. Harris, professor of English at the Y., will deliver the address Wednesday, Oct. 17, at 7:30 p.m. in College Hall (2084 Jesse Knight Humanities Building). The event is free and open to the public.Harris has taught and researched technical writing at the Y. for nearly 30 years and has been writing poetry for almost as long. "Poetic metaphor and scientific imagery are two sides of the same coin," he says.

"The technical writer can learn from the poet, but even more, the poet can learn from the technical writer."

He was scheduled to deliver the address last fall but was seriously injured in the crash of his home-built experimental aircraft in September 1989.

Despite a difficult recovery, he is back in the classroom, said Ron Woods, administrative assistant in the College of Humanities.

The Barker Lectureship was established in 1983 by the College of Humanities.