Exhibit News

Particles on the Wall is excited to announce upcoming exhibits!


The REACH Museum

June 29 - October 21, 2016.

The REACH Museum
1943 Columbia Park Trail
Richland, WA 99352
Sun & Mon: Closed
Tue - Sat: 10:00AM-4:30PM


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Particles on the Wall 2nd edition from Healthy World Press



For a nickel, the town bus took me
on the circuit from home to shopping and back 
with a furtive stop at Newberry's to buy
pink-toned chapstick, forbidden to me. 
There's the curb on which I sat with Jan
to smoke my first and last cigarettes,
both of us stumbling home overcome
by toxic fumes. Ahead is the theater parking lot 
where we waited for show time in the bed 
of Carlson's pickup, truant from
Sunday night church, justified after all 
because it was The Ten Commandments.
No killer on a rampage or crazed drug addict here.
My hometown boasted it had no crime.
No hurricanes, floods, or earthquakes, either.
An idyllic setting, a comfort then and now. 
I savor the soft familiarity of the old neighborhoods
the sagebrush studded sands,
barren winters, and summers so dry and hot 
the grasshoppers roused only when I scuffed 
the dusty brush with my graying Keds.
Now houses stand where orchards grew
cherries, deep purple plums, and apricots
left for the picking, abandoned before harvest
when the government gave farmers only days 
to vacate for the war effort.
We're sandwiched in cozy now - 
to the north along the sonorous Columbia lies 
the most highly radioactive site in the country. 
Plumes of tritium advance in the groundwater.
To the south, across the Horse Heaven Hills, 
on which tall wind turbines pulse, 
one of the largest chemical warfare stockpiles 
in the world burns and burns and burns.

--Irene D. Hays