POEM: A Certain Madness

Beautiful.

the !n(tro)verted yogi

there’s a certain madness
running through this world
times of tiding gladness
lightning bolts are hurled

discombobulation
in the soul of state
riding tides of nation
as we’re dodging fate

singing songs of nowhere
drumming beats of now
stumbling down the upstairs
counting whys and hows

subcutaneous drum beat
sinking to the bone
sitting in the fire seat
deflecting all the stones

so many without sin
or so they seem to feel
tossing stones on whim
sharpening their steel

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Varanasi Haiku

the !n(tro)verted yogi

Sacred Ganga,
Welcome to our city.
What gifts you’ll take.

Narrow warren,
lanes lined with bright-hued goods,
bangle blind and lost.

Cattle herd
roams the parched mudflat,
kicking up dust.

A golden bridge
visits each morning, and
exits silently.

Wood stackers
endlessly working
the burning ghats.

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BOOK REVIEW: Anarcha Speaks by Dominique Christina

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The Man Who Knew Infinity: The Fault, Dear Friends, is Not in Kanigel, But in This Film

I was disappointed at how unfaithfully the film renders Kanigel's biography. Despite the myriad of illnesses he faced as a child, Ramanujan always had a heavy build, a trait that distinguished him from the rest of his peers in India. Additionally, Hardy was 37 when he met Ramanujan but looked much younger. Kanigel mentions that …

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I, A Universe of Atoms: On Genetic Variation

Quanta Magazine wrote a piece referencing Whitman's "I contain multitudes" in regards to the genetic variation inherent in our bodies and how such DNA diversity can be seen as a source of errors but also as a source of resilience. The accumulation of mutations over time is though to be the cause of many disease …

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Ode to a Dreamer of Dreams

Dear Dr. Sacks, Like the late Carl Sagan, you have a gentle way of magnifying everything into brilliant resolution and reminding us of our place in the universe. I always look forward to reading your books and opinion pieces, as you put which things matter into perspective. Last month, I was quite delighted to read …

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Late Night Thoughts on Lewis Thomas

Lately, I've been enjoying the works of Lewis Thomas. In The Fragile Species, he shared ideas evocative of the late Carl Sagan: Never mind our embarrassed indignation when we were first told, last century, that we came from a family of apes and had chimps as near cousins. That was relatively easy to accommodate, having at …

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