Twisted: Chiral Forms

I've known since my first biology class in college that organic molecules come in right- & left-handed versions that are otherwise identical, but I hadn't been aware of the various speculations regarding how they came to be that way in our neighborhood of the universe. It's wonderful to think that our proteins & sugars might have gotten their twists from the polarized light emitted by a supernova, or the wind stirring a primordial pond.

Author: jd

Joseph Duemer is Professor of Literature Emeritus at Clarkson University in northern New York state. His most recent book of poems is Magical Thinking from Ohio State University Press. Since the mid-1990s he has spent a good deal of time in Vietnam, mostly Hanoi. He lives with his wife Carole & five terriers (four Jack Russells & one Patterdale) on the stony bank of the Raquette River in South Colton.