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.
- On Science by Lisa Ortiz in Poetry
My daughter is in first grade
and there is to be a Science Fair
- Cosmology by Carla Pierce in Poetry
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
- Special Relativity by Jane Vandervelde in Poetry
Albert Einstein, a Genius —
The smartest man ever alive,
Worked with my Grandfather.
- Book Note: Do Chocolate Lovers Have Sweeter Babies? The Surprising Science of Pregnancy by Katherine J. Barrett from the Blog
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?
- Blog Book Review: This Won’t Hurt a Bit (and other white lies): My Education in Medicine and Motherhood by Kate Haas from the Blog
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.
- How to Talk to Your Kids About Genetic Modification by Katherine J. Barrett from the Column Of This Fantastic Peach
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?
- Shake off the Stupor and Get to Work: A Review of Raising Elijah by Andrea Lani in Reviews
Steingraber’s most recent book, Raising Elijah: Protecting Our Children in an Age of Environmental Crisis, revisits chemical assaults on growing children’s bodies.