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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



Coming back from Canada, we were stopped

by apologetic border guards. It seemed

the scintillation counter had gone off. Little flashes

of radiation, could we explain? Sure,

my husband said, pointing to the scar

then new and red, stretching from ear to ear.

Thyroid cancer. Iodine 131. They sighed,

shuffled paper, waved us on.


I'd waited outside the double steel doors

while they tweezed away malignant flesh

that colonized two parathyroids, embraced his esophagus,

twined his vocal cords, left little flashes of black on his lungs.

They sent I-131 molecules, atomic bloodhounds

racing through his bloodstream, baying

on the trail of aberrant cells. They talked all round the cause--

epidemiological anomalies, unusual clusters of cancer--

the cause, same as the cure: I-131.


Hanford's Green Run: intentional release,

thousands of curies. Radioactive iodine plumed on the west wind,

little flashes of lightning striking every living cell

in every town. My husband calls himself a downwinder.

Downstreamers, we call ourselves in Portland,

joking about two-headed salmon.


I ponder the genetics of cancer

and the mutation that makes salmon into trout.

Smolt sliding under bridges,

little flashes of silver, misshapen, bloated,

cancer cells riding a river of blood. Cutthroat trout,

their necks naked and bloody as my husband's was

when they cut the cancer out.

I wake in the dark

and touch his throat.


-Tiel Aisha Ansari

Going Deeper

Trail of Tears

  Green Run