The Intelligence of Species Other than Our Own

In our new anthology of desert writing from the University of Arizona Press, Whitman Award-winning poet Alison Deming brings us into some large philosophical issues: the intelligence of species other than our own, the significance of “place-making” wherever you live, and our obligations to care for what surrounds us:

“We cannot know the mental capacity of these others, but for us, we do know that place matters in our world and in our head. We will fight to the death-of others and even ourselves — to hold a claim to place. A sense of place lets us know we belong.”

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