Fetal Heartbeat

“like the wings of millions of monarchs returned” /

The doctor finds it: a heartbeat's rapid flutter,
like the wings of millions of monarchs returned
again for the winter to the mountains of Mexico,
branch after branch awhir and rustling with butterflies'

long migration and rest. They've traveled hundreds
of miles after breeding, these black-and-rust Valentines,
these milkweed-fed tiger lilies of the Gulf Stream,
folding and unfolding their wings' powdered hinges.

And beneath the ...

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Issue 45 / March 31, 2016
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    Issue 45: The fun in naming, how pyrite changed the world, and why it’s fine that piratebush didn’t change much of anything. /

  2. Our First Mission Isn’t Finished

    There’s plenty left to name in the sometimes silly, always vast field of taxonomy. /

  3. The Surprising Riches of Fool’s Gold

    Pyrite, the stone rejected as an imposter, is the cornerstone of the modern world. /

  4. Let Us Now Praise Obscure, Useless Plants

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