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By Oliver Sacks

Given that youth, Oliver Sacks has been enthusiastic about ferns: an historical type of vegetation in a position to live to tell the tale and adapt in lots of climates. besides a pleasant workforce of fellow fern aficionados--mathematicians, poets, artists, and various botanists and birders--he embarks on an exploration of Southern Mexico, a area that also is wealthy in human historical past and tradition. He muses at the origins of chocolate and mescal, pre-Columbian tradition and hallucinogens, the colourful points of interest and sounds of undefined, and the abnormal passions of botanists. What different species may comb old Zapotec ruins on their fingers and knees, trying to find a brand new form of fern? Combining Sacks's enthusiasm for traditional background and the richness of humanity together with his sharp and observant eye for aspect, Oaxaca magazine is a unprecedented deal with.

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The One was All, the All was One, And the only law the ever changing form. What did you think as the lambent light crept up Licking your limbs with tongue that seared and charred? Did you think then, Bruno, that the flame was Change Returning the One to All, the flesh to dust? Your seven years were long, yet longer still The moments when the candent light crept up Enfolding your flesh with fervent flames to char The hope there must have been, to stifle truth With caustic brand, to still the voice that spoke.

OUT OF THE OCEAN DEPTHS SOUNDLESSLY MOVING Out of the ocean depths soundlessly moving— Up from the violet unblossoming sea; Out of the vastness that strangely disturbing, Troubles my heart with mute colloquy; Out of the distance that holds me enchanted, Up from the green, shifting violence below— A voice from the twilight, the beauty, the stillness, A voice that comes calling and calling to go. Out of the purple along the horizon, Up from the endless unchallenged beyond— A call that comes whispering, softly, enduring— Of ways to go wandering, seas so alluring.

Turning away, he took the mountain trail Winding upward across the precipice, A narrow path that was a slender thread Suspended there between achievement and death; A rolling rock beneath his careless foot Might be the fitting end to such a dream, And check with one swift plunge his carving hands. Thinking of it, he smiled, and looked back down The dizzy height, quite unafraid of falling. At last he reached the top and stood alone. Darkly, against the amber light of dawn He watched the evanescent sun rays climb, Then turned to sort his gear before the day Of work began, yet pausing time to time To deeply breath and watch an eagle soar Above the cliff; sometimes it dropped so low It seemed to sweep his head with slanting wing.

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