Zoologies: On Animals and the Human Spirit

Zoologies On Animals and the Human Spirit Humans were surrounded by other animals from the beginning of time they were food clothes adversaries companions jokes and gods And yet our companions in evolution are leaving the world both as

  • Title: Zoologies: On Animals and the Human Spirit
  • Author: Alison Hawthorne Deming
  • ISBN: 9781571313485
  • Page: 355
  • Format: Paperback
  • Humans were surrounded by other animals from the beginning of time they were food, clothes, adversaries, companions, jokes, and gods And yet, our companions in evolution are leaving the world both as physical beings and spiritual symbols and not returning In this collection of linked essays, Alison Hawthorne Deming asks, and seeks to answer what does the disappearaHumans were surrounded by other animals from the beginning of time they were food, clothes, adversaries, companions, jokes, and gods And yet, our companions in evolution are leaving the world both as physical beings and spiritual symbols and not returning In this collection of linked essays, Alison Hawthorne Deming asks, and seeks to answer what does the disappearance of animals mean for human imagination and existence Moving from mammoth hunts to dying house cats, she explores profound questions about what it means to be animal What is inherent in animals that leads us to destroy, and what that leads us toward peace As human animals, how does art both define us as a species and how does it emerge primarily from our relationship with other species The reader emerges with a transformed sense of how the living world around us has defined and continues to define us in a powerful way.

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    About “Alison Hawthorne Deming

    • Alison Hawthorne Deming

      Poet and writer Alison Hawthorne Deming was born in Hartford, Connecticut, in 1946 She earned an MFA from Vermont College and worked on public and women s health issues for many years A descendant of the American novelist Nathaniel Hawthorne, Deming is native to New England, but has studied and taught in many other regions as an instructor and guest lecturer Her books of poetry include Science and Other Poems 1994 , winner of the Walt Whitman Award from the Academy of American Poets Praising the volume, judge Gerald Stern wrote I greatly admire Alison Deming s lucid and precise language, her stunning metaphors, her passion, her wild and generous spirit, her humor, her formal cunning I am taken, as all readers will be, by the knowledge she displays and how she puts this knowledge to a poetic use but I am equally taken I am taken by the wisdom that lies behind the knowledge The collection, described by Deborah DeNicola in the Boston Book Review as a dense, majestic, wise and ambitious book, is listed among the Washingon Post s Favorite Books of 1994 and the Bloomsbury Review s best recent poetry.Deming s other poetry collections include The Monarchs A Poem Sequence 1997 , Genius Loci 2005 , and Rope 2009 Genius Loci was praised by D.H Tracy in Poetry Alison Deming s title means spirit of place, but be warned Deming doesn t belong, or want to belong, to a single place long enough to find its genius, and so she functions like a naturalist of naturalism, classifying the spirits of place as she encounters them In addition to numerous journal and anthology publications, Deming has published works of nonfiction, including Temporary Homelands 1994 , a collection of essays, The Edges of the Civilized World 1998 , and Writing the Sacred into the Real 2001 She also edited Poetry of the American West A Columbia Anthology 1996 , and co edited, with Lauret E Savoy, The Colors of Nature Essays on Culture, Identity, and the Natural World 2002 second edition 2011.Deming is the recipient of a Wallace Stegner Fellowship and fellowships from the National Endowment for the Arts, the Fine Arts Work Center in Provincetown, and the Arizona Commission on the Arts She has received the Pablo Neruda Prize, a Pushcart Prize, and the Gertrude B Claytor Award from the Poetry Society of America She is a professor of creative writing at the University of Arizona and lives in Tucson.



    282 thoughts on “Zoologies: On Animals and the Human Spirit

    • This is a beautifully-written collection of meditations on the natural world, and how it inspires and enriches the human experience. The author seems to be both attuned to and fascinated by animals ranging from the mightiest denizens of the African plains to the most humble backyard insects. For those involved in humane work, it is a reminder that there is not just the suffering and injustice we see front-and-center in our newsfeeds and inboxes every day—but also astonishing beauty, wonder, an [...]


    • In the words of Deming, "The book began with a series of short pieces written at the invitation of Peter Blaze Corcoran for the inaugural Rachel Carson Distinguished Lecture Series on Sanible Island, Florida, in 2004. The theme was "The Ethics of Sustainability" I knew I could not imagine sustainability without imagining a place for animals in both the material and the spiritual world, and so the work began." This is how Zoologies was born. Animals and the human spirit. From crows, ants, poetry [...]


    • It's easy to see why Deming's Zoologies was a nonfiction finalist for the 2015 Orion Book Award. Each chapter of this book is an essay exploring a different connection between humans and non-human animals with great insight and expertly precise language, and though there is lamentation, there is also hope. For me, one of the most powerful moments of the book was toward the end when Deming wrote, "Ten thousand years from now, I want someone to say of us, 'What amazing courage they had, and what s [...]




    • This book was almost perfect for someone like me. It included new learning, one of my favorite things; the facts about animal nature were fascinating. Then there’s the writing. The essays were the perfect length and eloquently written to the point my mouth was wide open in awe at the end of them. Lastly, it was partly memoir and I really like her and related to her. I want to be her friend. The themes were a repetitive towards the end though.


    • I wasn't sure about this at first. The sections felt too short, winding, and unfinished, and I was expecting more nature writing. But I soon grew to appreciate the beatiful way this book weaves in and out of nature, of memoir, of the spiritual, of the human. Each chapter, though seemingly separate and distinct, builds to form one narrative. A lovely, harshly honest look at the human spirit and how we connect ourselves with the world around us.


    • Very interesting book. Enjoyed the comparison of animal behavior and human behavior. She wrote about behaviors that I was not aware of in the animal world. The only thing I did not like is she started with the comparison then the last part was just human issues.


    • Non-Fiction finalist for 2015 Orion Book Award. Essays about humans and animals. Beautiful, beautiful writing though sometimes the essays seem to cut off before the thought is really complete. Human relations with animals are often so hideous it can be hard to read about. (see: The Sixth Extinction by Elizabeth Kolbert, also a finalist for the 2015 Orion Book Award).


    • This book was fine - another one for school so I wouldn't have picked it on my own. Didn't finish because I didn't have time, but probably won't go back to finish.



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