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Fall 1990

Watchers

By Robert Pack

Photographed from the moon, [the Earth] seems to be a kind of organism. It is plainly in the process of developing, like an enormous embryo. It is, for all its […]

Fall 1990

The Long View

By Robert Pack

The most incredible aspect of Darwin’s Origin of the Species, from a psychological perspective, is that it does not culminate in despair and pessimism. What Darwin calls the “Struggle for […]

Spring 1989

Cosmic Recycling

By Robert Pack

As part of the cosmic recycling system, the solar wind dumps hundreds of millions of tons of solar material into outer space each second. By using artificial satellites that can […]

Spring 1989

Place

By Robert Pack

As Einstein expressed it, “all places in the universe are alike.” … Copernicus, in his model of the solar system, removed the earth from the center, so the earth was […]

Winter 1986

Calling for Help

By Robert Pack

  But Clayfeld couldn’t reconstructthe morning when that ghostly voice first called  for help, and his hypothesis—based on the time he fell while fishing with his father  from a boat when he was […]

Winter 1986

Clayfeld Atones

By Robert Pack

A foot of snow descended in the night;  their road was drifted in.“No need to wake the kids for school,” Clayfeld  decided, swaddled stillin his own stumbling body’s drowsy heat.  A long, relieving […]

Winter 1985

The Tears of Art

By Robert Pack

 That girls are raped, that two boys knife a third, Were axioms to him, who’d never heard Of any world where promises were kept Or one could weep because another wept. […]

Winter 1981

Trillium

By Robert Pack

Maybe I shouldn’t tell you this—you are his daughter just as you are mine—I think your father’s having an affair. Last spring he started hiking in the woods, just as […]

Summer 1963

Self-Portrait

By Robert Pack

Robert Pack SELF-PORTRAIT The eyes are lying again, posing. Pluck out Their whispers! Blur the left one that likes corners, Will not look back, staring through the grackle-dark- Are you […]