Eight Dates with Darwin

-Athol Williams I It hangs from a twig, cast like a monument yet inside there is rearrangement – miracles that shuffle laws and cogs and planets. The insipid Layman caterpillar, stripped of its brown coat, is strapped into a golden life jacket that invites time to fan its wings. Within its embrace the chrysalis holds…

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A Moment with Abraham

-Daniel Parks Near Ngare Sero, a Maasai village nestled against the Great Rift Valley in Tanzania, I opted to climb Ol Doinyo Lengai, “The Mountain of God…” 1:44 AM: We are hours into our quiet, grueling hike to the summit. The Milky Way Galaxy provides the night’s only light. Abraham (my Maasai guide) and I…

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The Taking of the Wind

-Athol Williams   ‘Are you angry?’ it whispers, the faceless head, in no direction. I don’t know its language but I understand. Everything has morphed, like this is the after in a before-and-after warp, perhaps a car accident. ‘Why have you come?’ I whisper. I’m looking down at the ground; the bulbous head is tilted…

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Ode to My Commute

-Chase Maser Every morning, I pack my things and ride down the hill to the path by the river. The wind-chill makes me shiver from inside my blue jacket, and I halfway cover both hands in my pockets, watching the sun light the backs of crows perched on the railing. I see their chests breathing…

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