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Literary Mama Rewind: Science

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Welcome to Literary Mama Rewind! Every few weeks we'll round up some of our favorite essays, stories, poems, columns, and reviews from the Literary Mama archives relating to a particular theme. Physics, medicine, earth systems, health, genetics; science surrounds us. This week we have a collection of pieces from Literary Mamas on a wide range of scientific topics.

My daughter is in first grade
and there is to be a Science Fair

In star time,
you have already been
parsley turning its curls to the sun

  • Eclipse by Renate Wildermuth in Poetry

I ate the sun today.
Cracked that hard border of space,
peeled off the white ozone layer

Albert Einstein, a Genius --
The smartest man ever alive,
Worked with my Grandfather.

It's a thought as tempting as chocolate itself: devouring that entire box of Ferrero Rocher in your second trimester not only helps you de-stress but sweetens your baby's temperament too. Could it be true?

Currently an anesthesiologist in Atlanta, Au has spent years chronicling her adventures in medicine and motherhood on The Underwear Drawer, her honest and often hilarious blog.

A few months ago, I read a newspaper article to my third and fourth grade sons about cloning a woolly mammoth. They were enthralled. Who wouldn't be?

Steingraber's most recent book, Raising Elijah: Protecting Our Children in an Age of Environmental Crisis, revisits chemical assaults on growing children's bodies.


Amanda Jaros is a freelance writer and blogger, focusing on nature and science stories. Her work has appeared in numerous journals and magazines including Terrain.org, Newfound, Life in the Finger Lakes Magazine, Highlights for Children, and Cargo Literary. She holds an MFA in creative nonfiction from Chatham University.


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