Carolyn Guinzio, Gaps in Knowledge, 2014. Digital photographic collage. © Carolyn Guinzio 2015; all rights reserved by the artist.
Edited by Bradford Morrow.
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In Natural Causes, a provocative collection of radical reinventions of the genre of nature writing, we encounter shrimp farms and spoonbills, maize husks and Austrian woods, tarantulas and eels, multitudinous winds that pollinate or desiccate—nature in all its myriad forms, right down to photons, neutrons, neutrinos, and, yes, even Godzilla, the Sasquatch, and other of nature’s fictive and folkloric monsters.
Online-exclusive supplement to Natural Causes:
Liza Birnbaum, Four Poems
Karen Hays, Frothy Elegance & Loose Concupiscence
Ann Lauterbach, After After Nature [and hear the audio]
Thomas Bernhard, Eight Poems, translated by James Reidel
Russell Banks, Last Days Feeding Frenzy
Lucy Ives, Transformation Day
Martine Bellen, Two Poems
Benjamin Hale, Brother Who Comes Back Before the Next Very Big Winter
Evelyn Hampton, Fishmaker
Margaret Ross, Visiting Nanjing
Michael Ives, And the Bow Shall Be in the Cloud [and hear the audio from readings at the Mid-Hudson Heritage Center and Greenlight Bookstore]
Joyce Carol Oates, Big Burnt
Sequoia Nagamatsu, Return to Monsterland [and watch the author read this on YouTube, with a kaiju video collage]
Christine Hume, Ventifacts
Lily Tuck, The Dead Swan
Greg Hrbek, The Confession of Philippe Delambre
Thalia Field, From Experimental Animals (A Reality Fiction)
Diana George, Wara Wara
Wil Weitzel, Green Eyes of Harar [and hear this reading with music by Jon Starr]
Meredith Stricker, Anemochore
Jessica Reed, Five Poems
Miranda Mellis, The Face Says Do Not Kill Me
Matthew Pitt, After the Jump
Noy Holland, Fire Feather Mendicant Broom
Sarah Mangold, From Her Wilderness Will Be Her Manners
Matthew Baker, Proof of the Monsters
China Miéville, Listen the Birds (A Trailer)