In Darwin's Mother, curious beasts are excavated in archeological digs, Charles Darwin's daughter describes the challenges of breeding pigeons, and a forest of trees shift and sigh in their sleep. With a keen sense of irony that rejects an anthropocentric worldview and an imagination both philosophical and playful, the poems in this collection are marked by a tireless curiosity about the intricate workings of life, consciousness, and humanity's place in the universe.
About the Author
Sarah Rose Nordgren is the author of Best Bones, winner of the Agnes Lynch Starrett Poetry Prize. Her poems and essays appear widely in national journals such as AGNI, Ploughshares, Kenyon Review, and American Poetry Review, and she is the recipient of two winter fellowships from the Fine Arts Work Center in Provincetown. Nordgren is currently a doctoral candidate in poetry at the University of Cincinnati.
Table of ContentsContents Ghost Lessons Origin of Species A Report from Our Team in the Field Mitochondrial Eve Darwin’s Mother Dr. Harry Harlow’s Primate Laboratory An Uncontacted Tribe The Weed Darwin’s Mother Iguanodon Breeders The Anatomist Mother, Pressed Darwin’s Mother Virtus et Scientia Life without a Spine Material Material Reservoir Pillar of Fire by Night Cicada The Cell Fly Tick Pregnancy Blue Poem The Outer Crust Behind My Bright Eye The Network This Valley Animal Space A Moral Animal About Us The Kiss Moral Animal Achilles and Mary at the Museum Electromagnetic Simulation Movie Night Monster Mostly as I Am Goddesses The Ghoasts The Box My Mother Keeps Vaka eller Sova Hawaii Addendum Mindfile Notes Acknowledgments