Hester L. Furey
“Nothing is lost, nothing is created, everything is transformed”: Lavoisier’s Law, paraphrased from Elementary Treatise of Chemistry (1789) by Antoine-Laurent de Lavoisier.
When I planned this issue of Eyedrum Periodically a year and a half ago, I had no idea what lay ahead. Since then the … view
Robert Cheatham Almost every definition of alchemy will read it as an unscientific precursor to chemistry. Its main efforts were to turn base metals into gold, to find a formula for eternal life, and of course the search for the Philosopher’s … view
milky crust around the window frame.
Salt wing-trail in early light.
Salt to smooth the bumps
burned onto the iron’s soleplate,
to hold silk flowers in place,
line the threshold,
wake the cat from it’s curling sleep.
Salt sprinkled … view
Persis: Why does the river have no fish?
Hydromel: No one’s ever been drowned in it.
Persis: Why can the river never be at ease?
Hydromel: First it must find someone to drown.
Persis: Put your arms around me.
Silence is golden.
Hydromel: My guts are creaking. … view
Mortar and Pestle
with the stone fist pound
bleed the green release
camphor to air the sap of life
breathe it brighter than leaves
add olive oil to embalm
In a cabinet
under the kitchen sink
in a … view
Unknown to most
and perhaps beyond our ken
Billions of beings do their work
in the world beneath our feet
Our nourishment depends
on these tiny ones
whom we value little
and respect even less
Yet the soil food web thrives on our waste