Sep/Oct 2016 • Vol. XXXVIII No. 5 Poetry |

Welcome to the Anthropocene

1 In pride, in reas'ning pride, our error lies; All quit their sphere, and rush into the skies.     —Alexander Pope, "An Essay on Man" Welcome, you line of dogs whose sizes span the gamut from gargantuan Great Dane to Lilliputian chihuahua. And welcome, Freckles the goat, to our expanding album of postnatural creation—your milk seeded with proteins from arachnid silk, orb-weaver spiders woven in your genes. Welcome to the Anthropocene, Black-6 Mouse, your myriad descendants scrabbling in labs, bred for their resemblance to each other and to us—a tendency to age-related hearing loss; efficiency in breeding but erratic parenting; willingness to drink booze; inheriting a sensitivity to pain; and prone to biting. Your chromosomes are known down to the smallest nucleotide and carbon-copied endlessly—a kind of immortality that we've bestowed by making you so uniform you flow indistinguishable as plastic beads. Welcome transgenic zebrafish. Your shades of trade

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