Spring 2009



Spring 2009

Table of Contents

Special Feature

Against Simplicity: A Few Words for Complexity, Sloppiness, and Joy

Culture, Biology, and Emergence

Pieces toward a Just Whole

Simplicity and Sanity

Sweet Reason, Global Swarming


Dr. Deneau’s Punishment



Children’s Children Speech

Mandala on a Walking Stick


Solo Act

Survival: A Guide

The Hammock Knot & On a Snowy Morning I Think of Michelangelo

This Poem Had Better Be about the World We Actually Live In

Where I Live


Trespassing in Eden


Flannery Fever (on Flannery: A Life of Flannery O’Connor by Brad Gooch; Critical Companion to Flannery O’Connor: A Literary Reference to Her Life and Work by Connie Ann Kirk; and A Literary Guide to Flannery O’Connor’s Georgia by Sarah Gordon)

on Everything Lost: The Latin American Notebook of William S. Burroughsedited by Oliver Harris

on The World Cut Out with Crooked Scissors: Selected Prose Poems by Carsten René Nielsen

Rome Obsession (on The Seven Hills of Rome: A Geological Tour of the Eternal City by Grant Heiken, Renato Funicello, and Donatella De Rita; The History of Rome, Books 1-5 by Livy, translated by Valerie M. Warrior; Rome and Environs: An Archaeological Guide by Filippo Coarelli; The Roman Triumph by Mary Beard; Ancient Rome on Five Denarii a Day by Philip Matyszak; Basilica: The Splendor and the Scandal: Building St. Peter’s by R. A. Scotti; Satyr Square: A Year, A Life in Rome by Leonard Barkan; Four Seasons in Rome: On Twins, Insomnia, and the Biggest Funeral in the History of the World by Anthony Doerr; Blue Guide: Rome by Alta Macadam; and Not Built in a Day: Exploring the Architecture of Rome by George H. Sullivan)

What We Notice, What We Know (on In the Mind’s Eye: Essays across the Animate World by Elizabeth Dodd; Walking the Wrack Line: On Tidal Shifts and What Remains by Barbara Hurd; and Seven Notebooks: Poems by Campbell McGrath)