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Carbon Copy

In equal balance justly weighed

Slouching toward Democracy

Where have all the wise men gone?

By Populist Demand

When urban and rural voters went separate ways

Merilyn Simonds

Merilyn Simonds is the author of sixteen books, including The Paradise Project.

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Merilyn Simonds

Garden Varieties

Turning leaves new and old March 2023
Even before I opened Autobiography of a Garden, the title struck me as intriguing. A garden is writing its autobiography? Others have played with the notion of inanimate objects telling their stories. There’s Autobiography of a Face by Lucy Grealy, a survivor of disfiguring cancer; Autobiography of a Corpse

When People Seem Most Alive

Stories set in the crux of life and death April 2013
At first, Blood Secrets seems an odd title for this latest collection of Nadine McInnis’s short stories. The term, to me, implies race and genetics, the maimers and killers that lie dormant, the unpredictable and merciless inheritance of birth. Instead, McInnis’s subject is dying. Most of the 13 stories in Blood Secrets take place in hospices and hospital rooms as…