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A View of the Stars

A View of the Stars

Andrea Jones Walker

“We are living through a major period of change in science, a paradigm shift from the idea of nature as inanimate and mechanical to a new understanding of nature as organic and alive.”
Rupert Sheldrake

Remember a time you gazed at the night sky
undimmed by city lights?
Perhaps you were on a ship at sea
or in the desert, or on a mountain top.
The Milky Way swirled with boldness.
You might have felt breathless or small,
awed by the glittery beauty,
amazed to see these thousands of pinpoints
inconceivably far away and
know there is nothing between us and them.
The path is filled with only dark matter.
The night after Pensacola battled
Hurricane Ivan,
the town lay in darkness,
and the stars looked down on us.
What did they see?
What do they see now as
we wage yet another battle with nature?
For nature lives and breathes in myriad forms—
planets, hurricanes, viruses, stars—
as surely as we do.

Life in the Time of Corona

Within weeks after March 11, 2020 World Health Organization’s declaration of COVID-19 as a pandemic, West Florida Literary Federation offered its writers a catharsis. By April, regional writers were submitting words and images to preserve this time in history. The ongoing project began with Phase I, a special edition of The Legend published in May. It featured more than thirty juried submissions. Life in the Time of Corona continues with Phase II, updated as submissions are accepted. Here are the voices of health care workers, poets, essayists, historians, and the images of artists and photographers, documenting this time in Northwest Florida's history. The ongoing project ends with the advent of a vaccine or declaration by the World Health Organization.

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