Creaturely and Other Essays

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"The author puts forward a bracing theory of partial empathy....Johnston's searching book of thought-probes goes a long way toward allowing the reader the grounding that would allow him to make empathic contacts with the animals over which he ponders....Each time another animal becomes extinct a special and irretrievable way of looking at the world is gone....Perhaps the more people that read this book, the more this absence would be poignantly felt."?The Brooklyn Rail

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Overview

"The author puts forward a bracing theory of partial empathy....Johnston's searching book of thought-probes goes a long way toward allowing the reader the grounding that would allow him to make empathic contacts with the animals over which he ponders....Each time another animal becomes extinct a special and irretrievable way of looking at the world is gone....Perhaps the more people that read this book, the more this absence would be poignantly felt."—The Brooklyn Rail

"Creaturely, like its subjects, eludes definition. It's a book of exquisite essays—or are they prose poems—that tessellate into something larger: a meditation, perhaps, or a vision. Johnston's subject is at once the absolute otherness of the creatures with whom we share the world's everyday spaces—dogs, owls, mice, squirrels, crows—and the worth of our attempts to get to know them. Modest, calm, and beautiful, this is an exceptional book."—Robert Macfarlane

Devin Johnston teaches at St. Louis University. He was named a finalist for the 2008 National Book Critics Circle Award for Sources, published by Turtle Point Press.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781933527222
  • Publisher: Turtle Point Press
  • Publication date: 9/1/2009
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Pages: 109
  • Sales rank: 1,070,170
  • Product dimensions: 5.00 (w) x 7.90 (h) x 0.40 (d)

Meet the Author

Devin Johnston was born in 1970 and spent his early years in the piedmont of North Carolina. He has lived in Chicago where he was poetry editor for Chicago Review. He is the author of two previous books of poetry, Aversions and Telepathy, and was named a finalist for the National Book Critics Circle Award for Sources (TPP, 2008).

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