May/June 2018 • Vol. XL No. 3 Nature's (Human) Nature |

Apocalypto w/ Aquaria

Touching an urchin in the reflecting pool: Bennett says salt! Urchin: I say, anemone. Each day Bennett sings new syllables. Anemone alemony amelony a melody— We watch jellyfish: volutes in the tank. Jellyfish thrive in many waters, even in the face of vast pollution. Next to them, endangered alligators; cloudy octopi; one turtle, back venerable as Aztec masonry: Bennett says tortuga. Each day his bestiary grows. Yet everything we name is disappearing: zebra, hippopotamus, rhinoceros. Soon I'll also be explaining how these words each mark a half-lost species: O exotic & endangered letters.

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Touching an urchin in the reflecting pool: Bennett says salt! Urchin: I say, anemone. Each day Bennett sings new syllables. Anemone alemony amelony a melody— We watch jellyfish: volutes in […]

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