Atomic Paradise and a Reading by Jules Nyquist and Larry Goodell

Two great New Mexico poets will be reading:

Tuesday, February 23, 2021

07:00 PM  

KAKTUS features Larry Goodell & Jules Nyquist plus open mic
February 23rd KAKTUS features: Larry Goodell & Jules Nyquist
Hosted by John Roche
 via Zoom. 7 pm Mountain Time
Features followed by open mic
Register in advance for this meeting:

After registering, you will receive a confirmation email containing information about joining the meeting.  You will also be asked if you want to read at the open mic. If you say YES you’ll be on the list!

Jules Nyquist will be reading from her new book, Atomic Paradise.

Atomic Paradise explores the nuclear history and the dawn of the atomic age. This collection of poems focus on the author’s experiences living in New Mexico, a land of incredible beauty, that is in the heart of the nuclear military/industrial complex. Atomic Paradise takes us from the author’s experience growing up in the Cold War, to reflections on the Manhattan Project, and poet/physicist Dr. Robert Oppenheimer. These poems also explore Hiroshima and the dropping of the bomb, the spread of nuclear weapons throughout the world and nuclear tourism, and the fallout of the nuclear industry in New Mexico. The Japanese internment camps in Santa Fe and the Trinity Site are included along with nuclear waste and the environment in the Southwest. Throughout are the author’s personal observations to make this huge topic of the nuclear war and the resulting nuclear industry a bit more human, and very relevant.

I’ve long cared deeply about this material:

“For those of us raised in the shadow of nuclear annihilation – and that is everyone born after the bomb was dropped on Hiroshima – this reality is a terrifying and inescapable one. Jules Nyquist investigates this terrain with imagination and compassion. Of the Titan Missiles, she sees how “normalcy” has replaced the Cold War: “Tourists line up for tickets/ at the museum silo on the highway/ that runs down to Mexico.”  Robert Oppenheimer is here, in his atomic Promethean role, as is Trinity Site. So much of this history happened in New Mexico that it benefits from the insights of a New Mexican writer. Important material, beautifully expressed.”
— Miriam Sagan, Santa Fe, NM

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I'm blogging about poetry, land art, haiku, women artists, road trips, and Baba Yaga at Miriam's Well ( The well is ALWAYS looking to publish poetry on our themes, sudden fiction, and guest bloggers and musers.

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