Darwin's Ark

Darwin's Ark

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In celebration of Charles Darwin's bicentennial and the 150th anniversary of the publication of The Origin of Species, Indiana University Press is publishing a new paperback edition of Darwin's Ark, a collection of Philip Appleman's poems on Darwinian themes, stunningly illustrated by internationally known printmaker Rudy Pozzatti. Philosophical, witty, poignant, deeply intellectual, and lyrical, Appleman's poetry is always clear and powerful. All of the poems reflect Appleman's perception of the "overwhelming sanity" of Darwin's thought-together with a visceral sensation of wholeness-of the connectedness of humans and nature, of the present with the past, of joy and sorrow, life and death. Pozzatti's varied illustrations represent his responses to the poems, providing a mini Darwin bestiary and much more.show more

Product details

  • Book | 112 pages
  • 172.72 x 248.92 x 10.16mm | 204.12g
  • Indiana University Press
  • Bloomington, IN, United States
  • English
  • 37 figures
  • 0253220920
  • 9780253220929
  • 2,002,738

About Philip Appleman

Philip Appleman is Distinguished Professor of English Emeritus at Indiana University Bloomington, author of seven volumes of poetry and three novels, including Apes and Angels, and editor of the Norton critical edition Darwin. He lives in East Hampton, New York. Rudy Pozzatti is Distinguished Professor of Fine Arts Emeritus at Indiana University Bloomington. His artwork is on display in prominent museum collections around the world. He has had frequent one-man shows and has won countless prizes, special print commissions, and awards for his work. He lives in Bloomington, Indiana.show more

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"Philip Appleman has captured the elusive themes of Darwin's worldview and translated them into items of beauty that also provoke thought." -Stephen Jay Gould, Parnassus "The poems in Darwin's Ark were inspired by and grow naturally out of Darwin's work. Whether funny or serious, Appleman's poems are accessible and moving." -Voice of Reason, 2009, no. 1 "A very important... work of art, incorporating a high degree of scientific intelligence with beauty and wit." -Kurt Vonnegut "A beautiful marriage of word and image-and of intelligence and passion." -Ursula LeGuin "The importance of Darwin to our planet today makes these poems required reading. Philip Appleman's skill and intelligence make them a pleasure as well." -James Merrill "Appleman illuminates his theme with empathy, understanding, wit, and humor that is often subtle or satirical and always enjoyable. Pozzati's illustrations, while often whimsical, are also realistic and memorable." -Reports of the National Center for Science Education, Sept./Oct. 2010show more

Table of contents

AcknowledgmentsPreface to the Paperback EditionI. Giants in the EarthThe Skeletons of DreamsNostalgie de la BoueState of NatureII. The Rust of CivilizationsThe Hand-AxDarwin on Fourteenth StreetIn Andalucia"Black-Footed Ferret Endangered"Reading Our TimesAfter the Faith-HealingsIII. Animals Tame and Animals FeralDARWIN'S BESTIARY1. The Ant2. The Worm3. The Rabbit4. The Booby and the Noddy5. The Dog6. The GossamerMr. Extinction, Meet Ms. SurvivalDarwin's ArkPHOBIAS1. Gaminophobia2. Mortiphobia3. Shamanophobia4. Locophobia5. Bacardophobia6. PhobiophobiaEUPHORIAS1. Waldorf-Astoria Euphoria2. Peoria Euphoria3. Hunkydoria EuphoriaHow Evolution Came to IndianaSo Full of a Number of ThingsIV. In the Caves of ChildhoodHow My Light Is SpentStaying Awake with DarwinThe Descent of ManSexual Selection"Sea Otter Survival Assured"On the BeagleThe Voyage Homeshow more

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