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On the Other Side of the Window, by Marianne Szlyk

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Marianne Szlyk trains her whimsical powers of observation on scenes of climate change, American urban and suburban landscapes, paintings by Paul Cezanne, Mark Rothko, and Yasuo Kuniyoshi, and her own paradoxical past in New England, New York City, Indiana, and Oregon. It also takes readers to the future in "Easter 2116" where humans and holograms mingle on a rare day without rain. Along the way we meet the author's alter ego, Thelma Gee, as she and her husband drive to Cape Cod and sing along to Pet Sounds. The collection also features cameos from the ghosts of Walt Whitman, Li Bo, jazz harpist Dorothy Ashby, and singer-songwriters Tim Buckley and Gene Clark as well as living jazz pianist Robert Glasper."Eaarth is on the other side, what might be out the window. She awakens fear, wonder, speculation, mosquitoes, acid rain, and ghost towns. Then we return to beauty, nature, animals, and swimming with colors.