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Fox Humana

If asked, the fox might say that one of the problems in her world, and ours, is that humans have overtaken her species as...

City Birds

The turkeys are out in Cambridge. I passed one this morning on my way to church: a large male in full feather, his tail...

Can Your House Kill You?

I squeezed past Maya and closed my office door behind her, shutting out the last rays of natural light. Under the cool fluorescents, she...

Up Close

A dandelion’s fruiting head a jeweled amphora. Spinach tissue’s blue mosaic, too beautiful to eat. Stomata dot the skin of trillium like points on a map, what’s laid bare by...

Aubade

King of neither plant nor animal but of mornings after rain / / ghost sprung in the gloaming a memory of betweenness / / arisen in the dark and...

The Tawny-Green Steppe

April 15th, 1832 On the second day of our anchorage at the mouth of the Rio Santa Cruz, I led a party of sailors up...

New England February

This is the month that tests the hidden frameworks of things: the studs within the walls of home and body—both of which, you suspect, are now becoming...

Chance that Mimics Choice

How is anything radically new ever created in nature? Is it true, as some scientists say, that everything under the sun is just a...

Our Lies Are Our Fondest Hopes–And Science Will Destroy Them (That’s...

I never liked science. Numbers are boring. I never was this nerd guy, doing the math, imagining algorithms, checking things in a laboratory... I...

The Diapers

I remember the diapers—ripping open bag after bag of used diapers. It was 2014 and a friend and I had volunteered to help with...