Excerpts from Evelyn Posamienter’s poetry collection Brainiography

GENETICS
i’m contending with the girl in the photo.
it could’ve been the day she began menstruating.
brain aflutter with lesions, i watch a blood bubble
blossom from the injection site on my thigh.
in the photo the girl knows she will continually
evade averse events with minimal success.
who goes there, flirting with disability?
in some dreams, there’s nothing on the shelves.
at the injection site, curious spirits gather.
the girl in the photo, the lesions, all in collusion.

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THE ALLEY
brain finds an alley to hide in.
no one knows which city lies ahead.
i am thinking of the city of my youth. this city
does not consider itself allied with me.
brain thinks about the lesions, sweet
white spots. brain thinks this looks good on me.
i am holding the city of my youth
& when you shake it, snow falls & settles.
truth talks to brain in alley.
alley trickles off map.

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ELEVEN BRAINS
eleven printouts of my brain in an interoffice
envelope. eleven brains vying for my attention.
names crossed out, lists of undesireables.
days like this lie in wait.
eleven dreams stand at attention.
i know who they will become, if i look away.
i saw the brains myself emerge from the copier.
who will receive them, these flat brains.
sweet disease, said the maniac, as she struck
eleven brains from the invitation list.

These poems are excerpted from Evelyn Posamienter’s poem collection Brainiography, first published in 2006. The work is available here: 

http://www.argotistonline.co.uk/BRAINIOGRAPHY.pdf

 

From patches of light and a few clouds to a model of an atmosphere: UC Berkeley’s Dr. Adamkovics on Saturn’s moons

 

By Staff Writer Cristina Deptula

Earth is not the only body in the solar system with an atmosphere, so it’s not the only place with weather! Researchers such as UC Berkeley’s Dr. Mate Adamkovics, who came out to the Chabot Museum for June’s volunteer enrichment talk, predict weather on Saturn’s moons based on astronomical observations.

Titan, Saturn’s largest moon, takes 16 days to go around the planet, and 30 years to travel around the sun. Its methane and nitrogen atmosphere also experiences temperature inversions, where at some points air is warmer higher up, as opposed to the normal pattern of cooling with increasing altitude. On Earth, this pattern means that water reaches a triple point, where it can exist as a solid, a liquid, or a gas. So, scientists speculate that Titan may have a methane cycle, like our water cycle.

Astronomer Gerard Kuiper showed through mathematics that bodies with certain masses, sizes and temperatures are likely to have atmospheres. We have observed gaseous methane on Titan, so in turn we can infer the basics of the moon’s physical properties. We also can speculate about Titan’s atmosphere based on what we see through telescopes, especially with adaptive optics technology to correct errors and ‘noise’ and produce a highly accurate view.

On Titan, ultraviolet light breaks apart hydrocarbons such as methane, which become small particles that get absorbed into other substances. (On Earth, atmospheric oxygen absorbs the UV light). Titan’s methane does absorb infrared light, so astronomers can observe infrared images of the moon and estimate localized atmospheric concentrations. Generally, they find more methane lower down, where there’s less ultraviolet scattering.

The Cassini mission confirmed much of what we predicted about Titan’s atmosphere. Also, we noticed small, variable clouds scattered throughout the sky, and fog at the south pole, where there’s a ring of high altitude land. Fog differs from clouds because it touches the ground. Water ice also exists on Titan, and astronomers can predict the rates and amounts of past rainfall from the physics of what would be required to produce the observed rock shapes on the ground. However, we don’t know when the rain occurred.

Scientists previously thought Titan might possess a large ocean of ethane, since the light hydrocarbon is stable as a liquid there. Cassini did not find this ocean, but did suggest the presence of lakes, meters thick, of liquid hydrocarbons. These lakes humidify the air around them as they cool, creating ethane clouds, such as the one at the top of the moon.

Titan possesses some interesting features, such as a squall line, a long, streaky region of arrow-shaped clouds. And sand dunes in a pattern that resembles a cat scratch, from which scientists can ascertain which way the wind blows in those regions. Dr. Adamkovics wondered aloud if researchers could send a drone to Titan, as the cold, dense atmosphere would make flight aerodynamically possible.

He closed his talk with brief remarks on Enceladus, another of Saturn’s moons. Astronomers observe plumes, streaks, and geysers emitted from Enceladus, as well as cracks within its water ice. These cracks may come from cycles caused by Jupiter’s gravitational pull, occasionally heating parts of the moon. Or, possibly from radiogenetic heating, occurring as radioactive isotopes of carbon decay – although scientists think this would have stopped by now.

Dr. Mate Adamkovics’ talk illustrated how much researchers can determine and infer about bodies in space just from a few firsthand observations. In addition to showing us the worlds of Titan and Enceladus, he demonstrated some of the tools and methods of atmospheric science, which also help to predict and understand Earth’s weather.  

Cristina Deptula is a staff writer from San Leandro, California who would take a ride on Dr. Adamkovics’ airplane on Titan, if given the chance. She can be reached at cedeptula@sbcglobal.net

Oakland’s Chabot Space and Science Center’s located at 10000 Skyline Boulevard, deep within the Oakland Hills. It hosts free  public telescope viewings, from 8-10 pm every Friday and Saturday evening. 

 

Elizabeth Hughes’ Book Periscope

 

What To Do When You’re Dead, by Sondra Sneed, is a very unique book about her interview with God. It opens up your mind about the true meaning of why we are here on earth and what is expected of us by God. The book tells us what our soul is and what happens to our soul when we die. In her interview with God, He tells of the Grim Reaper and what the Grim Reaper really is. She mentions in the interview how important it is that we live the way God has intended for us to live. Also, if mankind does not change, that mankind will cause destruction not only of the earth in which we live, but, of the destruction of our soul as well. She mentions where our soul goes right after we die, before we cross over. Thank you Sondra for such an insightful and informative book. I highly recommend this book, it is definitely “my cup of tea”!

Sondra Sneed’s What to Do When You’re Dead is available here from Square One Publishers, here: http://www.amazon.com/What-To-When-Youre-Dead/dp/1937907112/ This publisher also discovered the famous Conversations with God book years ago and is excited to bring Sondra Sneed’s words to the public.

 

Divorce: A Survival Guide for Men, by Gary Huerta, has some very amusing parts in it. It may be written for men, however, it has some very good advice that can be used by women also. I enjoyed the book very much. I recommend this book even for females! Thank you Mr. Huerta for an amusing and informative book! This book is definitely “my cup of tea”!
Gary Huerta’s Divorce: A Survival Guide for Men may be purchased here: http://www.amazon.com/DIVORCE-Survival-Guide-For-Men/dp/1480173223
Poland At The Door by Evelyn Posamentier is written in a unique style…which I like very much. Although it is a very short book it carries a very powerful message. The book tells of Poland in war times, how frightening and horrifying it was. I enjoyed reading Ms. Posamentier’s book very much. I highly recommend this unique piece about when Poland was at war. Poland At the Door by Evelyn Posamentier is definitely “my cup of tea”!!
The Adventures of Chi-Chi the Chinchilla, written by Ekaterina Gaidouk, and illustrated by Julio Albelo, is a very cute book. The illustrations are very cute and bright. Ekaterina has written the story so that is is not just a cute children’s book, but also teaches a lesson, so that children can learn from Chi-Chi’s mistakes. The lesson in this book is to avoid greed and procrastination. I think that children will not only love this delightful story of Chi-Chi, but will also learn a valuable life lesson. Ms. Gaidouk, I sincerely hope there will be many more adventures for Chi-Chi the Chinchilla. I very highly recommend this beautifully illustrated and delightful book. The Adventures of Chi-Chi the Chinchilla is definitely “my cup of tea”!!!
Chi-Chi the Chinchilla may be purchased here: http://www.amazon.com/dp/110529529X
Lube of Life, by Mindy Mitchell and Edward Land, is a very humorous and delightful book about two [baby boomer age] people who try out an internet dating site. They become fast friends online and exchange personal contact information. The only problem is the distance between them. They eventually overcome their obstacles, and, what a journey they have! I wish you all the best and many years of happiness Ms. Mitchell and Mr. Land. I highly recommend this book. It is a very delightful read and insight to the world of online dating. Lube of Life by Mindy Mitchell and Edward Land is definitely “my cup of tea”!!
Lube of Life is published by New Jersey’s Turn the Page, and may be ordered here: http://www.amazon.com/Lube-Life-Tribute-Happiness-Boomer/dp/1938501144
Hood Wolves, by Taquila Thompson, is a book about street gangs, and how they affect one family in particular. The book begins as the father of four-year-old Bryson is arrested and sent to jail, and his mother Tasha has to raise him on her own. She tries to break the cycle of the involvement in street gangs. The book is an insight into this world and how it works. I loved this book and couldn’t put it down. There are two lines that I really like in this book, that kind of say it all…”When the grass is cut you see who the real snakes are…” and “He shouldn’t have written a check that his ass wasn’t ready to cash. Thank you Ms. Taquila Thompson for a very good book. Hood Wolves will capture the attention of the reader and not let you down. I very highly recommend Hood Wolves by Taquila Thompson. It is definitely my “cup of tea”!!
Taquila Thompson is editor-in-chief of Nu Urban Lyfe Magazine, a cultural and lifestyle publication discussing family, relationships, books, films, decorating and style. You may read Nu Urban Lyfe at http://www.nuurbanlyfemag.blogspot.com and order Hood Wolves here: http://www.amazon.com/Hood-Wolves-Taquila-Thompson/dp/1484899792
St. Peter’s Choice, by Dean T. Hartwell, is a very amusing book. St. Peter talks to three people who want to get into Heaven, but cannot. They bring up specific points, and debate why others get in whom they feel should not. St. Peter’s Choice is a very amusing book and I enjoyed it very much. I highly recommend this book. Thank you Mr. Hartwell for a book that is not only entertaining but also makes the reader think.This book is definitely “my cup of tea”.
You may purchase St. Peter’s Choice here: http://www.amazon.com/St-Peters-Choice-Dean-Hartwell/dp/1490335196/ The author’s an armchair philosopher who seeks to boldly express his beliefs while insulting no one. 
Elizabeth Hughes is a regular contributor to Synchronized Chaos Magazine and may be reached at hugheselizabeth@rocketmail.com 

Poetry from Christopher Bernard

 

"Haymaking" by Jules Bastien-Lepage

 


Haymaking

by Christopher Bernard

 

It’s a big picture. It appears to be dead noon, under shrilling grasshoppers.

The heat looks as heavy as a vice.

Off center, a peasant, wearing a pair of
eloquently battered boots, dozes under his hat.
A metal pail that once held a mid-day meal
pewters dully in the weeds.

Straw-yellow grays ride up to a line of hay ricks,

low hills, a sky pocked with little clouds.

 

A woman sits by the peasant’s side, slouching forward,
half asleep, awkward, unaware of the observer,
for a moment lost in a wild country of thought
that fills her thick features,
her surprised and dismayed black eyes,
with . . . well, what might it be?
shock?
fear?
an unexpected, and unwelcome,
discovery? –
Whatever it is, it came to her as she drifted asleep,
and thrust her awake with astonished pain.

There’s no way to know: the painter has told us

only what we see.

We know nothing but this fragment,

nothing before and nothing after –

a quick snapshot in oil

 

on the magisterial canvas.

Then it’s gone.

 

You step back into the museum crowd,

and her blind, wondering face,
frozen on canvas for as long as the canvas will last,
disappears behind a wall of cloth and backs
into the gallery’s subdued glow,
and the sounds of shuffling feet,
and the bored, suspicious gaping of the museum guards,
and the scratching scratching scratching on paper pads of art students. . . .

It does not disappear:
it follows you out, into the sun,
nagging, futilely, yet with an odd sweetness –
you ponder the woman in the picture as you might
the most obscure philosophical questions,
the metaphysics of loss, the holiness of unknowing,
or a lover’s impenetrable enigma:

a strangely enchanting question that has no answer.

 

Christopher Bernard is a poet, novelist and critic. He is author of the novel A Spy in the Ruins (http://www.regentpress.net/spyintheruins) and the founder and co-editor of Caveat Lector (www.caveat-lector.org).