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Works by Aimee Nezhukumatathil

Oceanic (2018) 123 copies, 4 reviews
Miracle Fruit (2003) 77 copies, 2 reviews
Lucky Fish (2011) 68 copies, 1 review
At the Drive-In Volcano (2007) 50 copies, 1 review
Bite by Bite (2024) 42 copies
Lace and Pyrite: Letters from Two Gardens (2014) 22 copies, 1 review
Fishbone (2000) 6 copies
MiPOesias: May 2008 (2008) 1 copy

Associated Works

180 More: Extraordinary Poems for Every Day (2005) — Contributor — 366 copies, 9 reviews
The Best American Poetry 2015 (2015) — Contributor — 97 copies, 3 reviews
The Best American Poetry 2018 (2018) — Contributor — 79 copies, 1 review
When I Was a Loser: True Stories of (Barely) Surviving High School (2007) — Contributor — 34 copies, 2 reviews
The Kiss: Intimacies from Writers (2018) — Contributor — 23 copies, 1 review
Asian American Poetry: The Next Generation (2004) — Contributor — 20 copies
Fairy Tale Review: The Green Issue #2 (2007) — Contributor — 18 copies, 1 review
Two Brown Dots (2022) — Foreword — 11 copies, 4 reviews
Ghost Fishing: An Eco-Justice Poetry Anthology (2018) — Contributor — 9 copies
Humor Me: An Anthology of Humor by Writers of Color (2002) — Contributor — 4 copies
To Eat with Grace (2014) — Contributor — 2 copies
Sunstone - Issue 148, December 2007 (2007) — Contributor — 1 copy


Common Knowledge



short stories about animals, insects, whales, etc. and comparison to her life
Nevada Book Club
MartyB2000 | 24 other reviews | Apr 21, 2024 |
A charming book, using various elements of nature and interactions to explore the authors own experience and psyche. Fireflies, whale sharks and cassowaries all make brief appearances to great effect
cspiwak | 24 other reviews | Mar 6, 2024 |
Part memoir, part nature writing, and all-in-all a tender examination of the world around us. Nezhukumatathil's background and skill as a poet is so clear here; she write with a fervent curiosity and appreciation for plants, animals, and even weather in a way that not only paints a beautiful picture but really advocates for humans to pay closer attention to these other lives and phenomena. Some chapters feel a bit spare, only briefly touching on something before quickly changing topics, which mean parts of this book were a little surface level. And at times the blending of memoir with scientific nonfiction were highly successful (I love the fireflies and flamingo chapters) others felt more disconnected in terms of the comparisons being made.
Overall a really lovely book, one I would definitely recommend for anyone who enjoys gentle memoirs, nature writing, or flowery prose.
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deborahee | 24 other reviews | Feb 23, 2024 |
A collection of lovely essays about plants and animals encountered by the author through the years and places she has lived. As a poet, she brings a soft, sensory aspect to her memories and reflections. Some of my favorites are about the potoo bird (the call of which I googled because of this essay), Cara Cara oranges (the best of all oranges), Monarch butterflies, the Bird of Paradise and the cassowary. One of my favorite quotes comes from the essay on the dragon fruit, in which she describes a cocktail made with the fruit and vodka: On those weeks in Mississippi when the air outside is like a napping dragon's exhalations, there's no sweeter cocktail to lull us out of a sleepy, slow summer evening. I bought this book at the Minnesota Marine Art Museum in Winona, MN, which staged an exhibition of the book's illustrations.… (more)
ReadMeAnother | 24 other reviews | Oct 24, 2023 |



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