A Menagerie (Conjunctions, Book 61) by Benjamin Hale, Bradford Morrow

By Benjamin Hale, Bradford Morrow

Conjunctions: sixty one, A Menagerie gathers essays, fiction, and poetry that think the realm of our fellow beings, animals. Cultural mythologies and pantheons are populated with snakes, monkeys, cats, jackals, whales: a forged of characters whose tales demonstrate how complicated and wildly contradictory our species' courting with different animals is. They're neighbors, enemies, instruments, meals. Descartes deliberated approximately even if animals have souls, figuring out they didn't. Linnaeus cataloged them. Darwin attached us to them. Wild or tame, sinless or soulless, the animal is a chimera of transferring identities, either mundane and mysterious. that includes interviews with William S. Burroughs and Temple Grandin, essays via animal experimenters Vint Virga and Dale Peterson, fiction through Russell Banks and Joyce Carol Oates, and paintings by means of many others, this choice of resourceful new writing bargains uncaged entry to the lives of the nonhuman creatures that encompass us.

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29(8): 187 (1978); N. P. Taylar, Bradleya 2:23 (1984); Unger, Die grossen Kugelkakt. Nordamer. 373-381 (1992); Lindsay, Femcactus 95-99, 110, 399, 427 (/996) (1955 thesis, unpublished at the time); E. F. Anderson, The Cactus Family 330 (200/) Fig. 54: F glaucescens, an unusually large clump in habitat near Zimapan, Hidalgo, Mexico 52 Ferocactus gracilis The red spination and slender stems of this species make it one of the most beautiful to co me across in the wild in Baja Cal ifornia, especia ll y in the area around Catav ifi a, where it grows among huge boulders.

29(2):48 (1984) . ; N. P Taylor, Bradleya 2:36·37 (1984); Unger, Die grossen Kugelkakt. Nordamer. 274, 280·281 (1992); Lindsay, Ferocactus 315·324, 391 (1996) (1955 thesis, unpublished at the time); F. & R. s. Insetn 142, 148 (1999); E. F. Anderson, The Cactus Family 328 (2001 ) Ferocactus echidne Thi s is an easy to g row species, and in habitat young plants of only about 12cm in diameter can be found in flower. To achieve thi s in cultivalion a good sUllny position is needed. although plants seen along the road west of Rio Verde in the Mexican stale of San Lu is POIOS] seemed to seek out positions under low scrub or small trees, but of course the sunshin e that does get to them is the hot, Mex ican kind.

Init. 6: 16 (1998); Engelmann in Coulter, Contrib. US. Nat. Herb. 3:362 (1896); Britton & Rose. Caet. 3:134 (1922); N. P. Taylor, BradJeya 2:37 (1984); Britton & Rose, 1. New York Bal. Gard. 12:269 (1911); G. Lindsay, Caet. Sue. Mex. 85. 57 (1965); Unger, Die grossen Kugelkakt. Nordamer. Sukk. 47(6): 117 (1996); Lindsay. Ferocaetlis 203·209. 411. 439 (1996) (1955 thesis, unpublished at the time); E. F Anderson, The Cactus Family 329 (2001) Fig. 41: F. emory; subsp. rectispinus flowering in the wild in the north of Baja California Sur wide, brown, ci liate scales.

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