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  • ISBN-13: 9781456839468
  • Publisher: Xlibris Corporation
  • Publication date: 1/10/2011
  • Pages: 150
  • Product dimensions: 0.35 (w) x 9.00 (h) x 6.00 (d)

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 24, 2012

    A fascinating appraoch to a timely election-battle topic...Great stuff!

    Mr.Ross' dedication to Richard Dawkins and Pat Robertson as a paternal 'hypostatic union' is both a contemporary and a medieval hoot! His theological-scientific position of cosmic reality as being somewhere between the two hard bent extremes is a comforting and fascinating posture for those of us like him who simply do not know all the answers about cosmic origins. Needless to say this collection made me think. Each poetic entry is prefaced by the words of a famous scientist or an interesting scientific theory or principle which helps elucidate the text--another helpful guide. The focused notion by Graham Greene will stay with me until doomsday--"when we are not sure, we are alive." This does require a bit of a science background though. I love the chapters centered around DNA base pairs and each ending in "helical haiku." There is a clever tribrid of hard science, theology and literary know-how which makes this volume a joy to read.

    K.L Myerson, BS,MS
    Visiting Grad student, MIT

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 24, 2012

    The Great Debate: Evolution vs. Creationism (and vice versa)!

    WHERE THE DESIGNER CAME FROM: Evolution, Creation, Hominids and the Skirmish of the Double Helix" is the second collection of poems by John Ross since his popular and delightful: GOAT TROUBLES and other CHICAGO Poems (2010). In this new volume he explores the many questions and debates surrounding biology, anthropology (and the well known, and even lesser known) discoveries and assumptions surrounding the construction of the universe. Beginning with the concluding lines of his opening poem "Genesis first, second, and third": “No informants, / but every entry pronto recorded, / rib-for-rib; and all is evermore, struggle / yet, fallen for forever, to then debate,” he sets the wobbly stage
    for a series of skirmish poems exploring the on-going contest between biblical faith, contemporary science and the rigorous demands set forth by solely rational thinkers. By his more amusing poems in this new compilation, Ross entertains the more humorous fringes of science with such droll titles as "Demons, panspermia!", "Extraterrestrial salutation" and "That’s how the helix commences." In his more theologically imbued verses originating in "The great bonobo", "On the seventh day of rest", and the quietly poignant: "Shadowy customs near China’s Eden", he implicitly travels around the neighboring questions regarding the origins of humankind, and our sometimes arrogant and triumphal attitude toward our status in the biosphere and beyond. Finally, with such reproving language as expressed in "Stiff doctrine’s counsel for the clock" and "Dangerous homology, inside the dining room" Ross continues to echo a seemingly endless American political confrontation: one between individuals of narrow religious certitude; and those of atheistic and doctrinaire scientism. In the end, most readers will come to appreciate the early wisdom offered in his Dedication to "Where the designer came from", one first moralized by Graham Greene, and which in the end preaches a fairly reasonable doctrine: WHEN WE ARE NOT SURE, WE ARE ALIVE!

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