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De Rerum Natura: On Nature and Poetry by David Hillstrom is a poetic scientific journey that ultimately culminates in the possible history and reasons for how people got to be here; human history and its evolution over the years. A quest for answers and a road map of facts lead readers' minds into some conquered territories as well as into uncharted lands. Hillstrom’s poetry evolves from some of the thoughts of philosophers that the world offered; the start of man’s creation, with Adam and Eve. Later De Rerum Natura settles into the darker strides that earth has had stamped upon it, the destruction of the earth by its inhabitants’ hands.
David Hillstrom’s De Rerum Natura: On Nature and Poetry is a hybrid of soft words and hard facts that twists its way beautifully into a new medium of thought and art. It is a collection of words that opens the mind up to think and feel in ways that other poetic works are unable to impress upon the reader. On page 19 are some specific lines that will give you an idea of the beauty in the words that David Hillstrom puts on the page: “Galaxies fly apart like/Blind geese losing formation,/Each to a lonely cliff/In four frozen dimensions.” Nearing the end of the collection is a summarized CliffsNotes of sorts to explain his reasons for writing the poetry in this collection. Hillstrom ends with a commentary that gives added insights and depth into a world of scientific thought many readers might not be well versed in.