The second event in the Poetry & Science series, introduced and moderated by Field Work Poet-in-Residence Alison Hawthorne Deming, convenes vital voices in the fields of ecology and ecopoetics. The evening features canopy ecologist Nalini Nadkarni in discussion with Forrest Gander, winner of the 2019 Pulitzer Prize for Poetry, whose background in geology informs his poetic practice. Gander will also discuss his late wife C. D. Wright’s posthumously published Casting Deep Shade, which investigates the coevolution of humans and beech trees informed by ecology, folklore, and history. (rmharris)… (more)
Since the dawn of civilization, other animals have served as our adversaries and our companions, our helpers and our gods. Today, the inexorable rise of our own species has been accompanied by the large-scale extinction of others. And yet while much attention has been given to this alarming phenomenon, little attention has been given to a fascinating question: What does the disappearance of animals mean for the human imagination?
Ranging from the Serengeti to Madrid to her own backyard, Alison Hawthorne Deming helps us see the creatures around us with fresh eyes. Along her journey, Deming uncovers what hyenas can tell us about human bloodlust, how the art of leaf-cutter ants complicates our own artistic endeavors, what elephants can teach us about the deep reverberations of war and peace in our communities, and more. Moving beyond the grief and anxiety that so often surrounds any consideration of species extinction, these artful and incisive essays illuminate the mystery and wonder of our shared earthly experience. Facebook Google Reddit Twitter
Location: Street: 7834 SW Capitol Hwy City: Portland, Province: Oregon Postal Code: 97219-2466 Country: United States (added from IndieBound)… (more)