From the Editors
Everything in nature invites us constantly to be what we are. —Gretel Ehrlich
Our humanness—personas, identities, irritations, opinions, desires—is reflected all around us, in showy sunflowers, razor-sharp icicles, elusive waterhens. Even as we hold nature aloft as mercifully unhuman, we look to the ocean for solace and the creek for an answer. In “Songs,” Malcolm Glass reminds us that all we are, all we have ever been, might echo through bird song; so listen close, because it’s no guarantee. Brendan Todt, in “[As part of the latest interdisciplinary proposal],” shows us that no matter how stridently we left-brain our world, there’s transformative power in being, simply, rooted. And in “Sometimes I Do Not Know If I Should Tell My Children What I Have Seen,” Caroline Canter Triscik wrestles with a reality that might even break a wild animal heart. Nature doesn’t care how we perceive it, yet nature is where we define and redefine, name and resist to name.
—Claire, Suzanne, Cheryl
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