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Book review: “1491: New Revelations of the Americas Before Columbus” by Charles C. Mann

Prior to publishing 1491: New Revelations of the Americas Before Columbus in 2006, Charles C. Mann had co-authored a few books on science and technology.  But he had specialized in writing magazine pieces on scientific subjects for such publications as Fortune, Smithsonian, Technology Review, Vanity Fair, Science, the Atlantic Monthly and Wired. Indeed, at many…

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Poem: “Goddess”

Goddess By Patrick T. Reardon . The Mexican goddess enfleshed in McDonald’s with a wide smile under her wide mountain nose and her children, all girls under eight, alert to the kiosk choices, and her thin husband, studying the receipt and, for no reason, remembering when he was thinner, younger, and stood waiting for work…

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Poem: “Canticle”

Canticle By Patrick T. Reardon . Water-splashed forehead. Product of times.  Cheek slapped, new name, chrism. Child of century. Sign of. . Communion of saints. Myrrh burial. Finger ringed. Deathly afraid. Rolling frenzy. .      Praying the uncertainties.      Intoning the mysteries.      Chanting the doubts. . Frankincense body. All the days of my life.…

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