The Future Has an Ancient Heart: Legacy of caring, sharing, healing, and vision from the primordial African Mediterranean to occupy everywhere (iUniverse 2103) by Lucia Chiavola Birnbaum.
A book review by Mary Saracino
The preface to the 2013 revised edition of Lucia Chiavola Birnbaum’s ground-breaking work, The Future Has an Ancient Heart is, by itself, worth the price of the book, as it offers a treasure trove of insights and an encapsulation of Birnbaum’s visionary work. But, I urge you to read this extraordinary work from cover to cover.
After the passing of her spouse/life-partner, Wally Birnbaum in September 2012, Lucia began to reflect upon the many ways that her body of work was and has always been imbued with Wally’s presence and essence. In doing so, she was inspired to add several chapters to this latest edition of The Future Has an Ancient Heart to acknowledge Wally’s contributions as logistician for her research and study tours, a formatter and photographer for all of her books, and a critical thinker and insight-sharer as a “peaceful nuclear physicist” who supported her work as a feminist cultural historian throughout their long and happy egalitarian marriage.
Her eyes belong to the god of green,
And every time she blinks the hue pinned
Inside pierces her iris. Her hands,
However, work for the god of metal.
His ribcage slides ahead
Down the assembly-line.
Star Atlantis, shining in an almond shell,
upended when the rains came fierce,
a city overpowered by some drops
and we have finally learned to breathe.
Rose Aiello Morales has been published in magazines and journal around the world, including publications in Poland, Romania, Great Britain, Canada, and the United States. Her latest poems appear in Mad Swirl Magazine, Red Fez Magazine, and Border Senses. She also has several books of poetry and short stories available on Amazon.com. She lives in Miami, Florida with her husband Alex and a menagerie of cats.
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Annie Finch For me, Goddess is completely different from God–Goddess means acceptance of the sacred WITHIN the physical instead of transcending the physical; acceptance of death and life as equally sacred; and the holiness of changing cycles….
Annie Finch, Maine