Humans are wild animals, too, though we forget or deny it most of the time. Lepidopterist, essayist, and poet Robert Michael Pyle knows a human-animal when he sees one, and celebrates her.


The Girl with the Cockleburs in Her Hair

by Robert Michael Pyle

We were talking about how children don’t
get out any more. She showed me
her daughter on her cell phone:
big pout, and four big burs
caught up in her hair.
That girl, I said, is
going to be

–from Evolution of the Genus Iris (Lost Horse Press, 2014)

Robert Michael Pyle and Alison Hawthorne Deming will be reading from their new books Thursday, October 16, 7:30 pm at the Corvallis Arts Center, 700 SW Madison, Corvallis.

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