By Benjamin Hale, Bradford Morrow
Conjunctions: sixty one, A Menagerie gathers essays, fiction, and poetry that think the realm of our fellow beings, animals. Cultural mythologies and pantheons are populated with snakes, monkeys, cats, jackals, whales: a forged of characters whose tales demonstrate how advanced and wildly contradictory our species' dating with different animals is. They're associates, enemies, instruments, nutrition. Descartes deliberated approximately even if animals have souls, figuring out they didn't. Linnaeus cataloged them. Darwin attached us to them. Wild or tame, sinless or soulless, the animal is a chimera of transferring identities, either mundane and mysterious. that includes interviews with William S. Burroughs and Temple Grandin, essays through animal experimenters Vint Virga and Dale Peterson, fiction via Russell Banks and Joyce Carol Oates, and paintings by means of many others, this selection of ingenious new writing bargains uncaged entry to the lives of the nonhuman creatures that encompass us.
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The pressure is removed; and everything reappears. Even so do the remains of the Ephippiger’s life reappear, as the lethargic effects of a skillfully directed pressure pass off. The ganglia of the skull, squeezed between the mandibles but without fatal contusions, gradually recover their activity and put an end to the general torpor. Admit that it is all alarmingly scientiﬁc. Fortune has her entomological whims: you run after her and catch no glimpse of her; you forget about her and behold, she comes tapping at your door!
H. Pitman and Mr. Howard Jones also record similar attacks. Mr. Pitman was struck and wounded three times. Dr. Frank Overton recounts the continual attacks of a especially vindictive pair of Horned Owls, and gives a striking series of close-range pictures taken on these occasions. In my experiences at the nests of these birds no attack was ever made. The mother bird usually disappeared at once and did not return; but one dull day in early March I had climbed to a nest on a great oak near Lake Quinsigamond and had stowed safely in my pocket the two newly-hatched young, when the powerful mother, who had been circling the tree, suddenly swooped down, alighted on a limb within a few feet of my face, and, leaning forward until she hung almost head downward, stared directly into my eyes with an expression of such ﬁendish ferocity that I prepared to defend myself.
The Great Horned Owl is not only the most formidable in appearance of all our owls, but it is the most powerful. The Great Gray Owl and the Snowy Owl may appear larger but the Great Horned Owl exceeds them in courage, weight and strength. Indeed it little regards the size of its victim for it strikes down geese and turkeys many times its weight, and has even been said at times to drive the Bald Eagle away from its airy and domicile its own family therein. In one case the owl laid its eggs in a cavity in the side of an eagle’s nest and both families occupied the same habitation.
A Menagerie (Conjunctions, Book 61) by Benjamin Hale, Bradford Morrow