Gretchen Henderson

Gretchen E. Henderson

Gretchen E. Henderson is the author of four books, most recently Ugliness: A Cultural History (Reaktion Books of London/University of Chicago Press, 2015). She teaches at Georgetown University and was the 2015–16 Hodson Trust–JCB Fellow at Brown University and Washington College. This essay is part of her longer work in progress titled Philosophy of Stones: A Lyric Archaeology.

Exhibit G; Exhibit Z

By Gretchen E. Henderson

Exhibit G              Flares seed rains.  Fires, floods.  More fires and floods—no matter, it seems.  Seasonal cycles persist, as bodies swarm at ocean’s edge.  Irrigating ducts make this arid basin bloom.  […]