• during my darkest grief the forest
    was like an open sea birch trees
    the beacon I used to steady my position

    my brain felt at home among
    saplings that tangle seeking light
    that part of the soul Aristotle thought

    we held in common with plants

    New Poetry: Stairway to Heaven
  • Animals are the core of what we are as creatures, sharing a biological world and inhabiting our inner lives, though most days they feel peripheral—an ankle embrace from a cat or the thrill of spotting a fox trotting across the urban campus in Denver.

    New Nonfiction: Zoologies
  • The man gathers rope every summer
    off the stone beaches of the North.
    There is no sand in this place
    where the Labrador Current runs
    like an artery through the body of the Atlantic,
    channeling particles that once were glacial ice
    and now are molecules making
    not one promise to anyone.

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  • It's beautiful to think that trees have consciousness,
    can feel their wood thicken, and, as the sun migrates
    south, how the limbs redirect their reaching,
    effortless and slow, their movement visible only in the form.

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  • Rocks have the oldest knowledge on earth, rivers have
    the oldest names and determine where the cities shall be built
    and what shall be their shapes.

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  • What it takes to dazzle us, masters of dazzle,
    all of us here together at the top of the world,
    is a night without neon or mercury lamps . . .

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About Alison

Alison Hawthorne Deming is the author of five books of poetry and four books of nonfiction, including Zoologies: On Animals and the Human Spirit, published in 2014. She received a 2015 Guggenheim Fellowship. Her new poetry book Stairway to Heaven came out from Penguin in September and her collaboration with photographer Stephen Strom, Death Valley: Painted Light, came out in March. She is also the editor of two anthologies.

Alison teaches creative writing at the University of Arizona where she was recently appointed as Agnese Nelms Haury Professor of Environment and Social Justice. She serves on the board Terrain.org: A Journal of the Built + Natural Environments. She is a Senior Fellow at the Spring Creek Project at Oregon State University.

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