The A1 Verse: Burnt Omicron, or Variants echo in the memory

By Thomas Gaulkin | December 13, 2021

Illustration by David S. Goodsell, RCSB Protein Data Bank

Every so often, a story published on the front page of the New York Times is so well written, meaningful, and appropriate to the Bulletin’s concerns that small snippets of it, properly chosen and arranged, produce something more than journalism, something that approaches … poetry. That blessed coincidence occurred December 13, 2021.

We suspect it’ll occur again.


Rosy Plans Fail, And Companies Put Off Returns

(from the original by Emma Goldberg)

At some point in time
some point in time
is no longer
in the past
postponed again—
a new promise
to plan.


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