Award-winning poet Aimee Nezhukumatathil writes a collection of essays about our natural world, the way it’s inhabitants teach, support, inspire.
As a child, Nezhukumatathil called many places home – grounds of a Kansas mental institution where her mother was a doctor, open skies & tall mountains of Arizona where she hiked with her father, chillier climes of New York & Ohio. No matter where she was transplanted, no matter how awkward the fit or forbidding the landscape, she was able to turn to our world’s fierce & funny creatures for guidance & motivation.
What can the peacock do? It reminds us of a home we run away from & run back to all our life. The Axolotl teaches us to smile, even in the face of adversity. The Narwhal demonstrates how to survive in tough environments. Even in the weird & the unlovely, we can find beauty & kinship to fully appreciate our world’s gifts. Warm, lyrical World of Wonders is a book full of stimulation, sensitivity & joy.