The Black Earth Institute's journal, About Place, is now live and my essay, "Accompanying Dragonflies" can be found within its pages. This issue is subtitled, The Primal Paradox, and in the general foreword, editor John Briggs explains, "The phrase the primal paradox refers to the diametrically opposed experiences that pull constantly at our consciousness." In other words, the Primal Paradox explores the questions of our boundaries with the natural world and in many ways, with each other.
My essay explores my relationship with dragonflies, but more importantly, our relationship with the insect world -- a world that both dominates the earth (there are more species of insects in the world than any other species) and is fast disappearing. (Note: I do have some of my own pictures of dragonflies, but the one posted above is from Wikipedia Creative Commons).
You can read my essay here. More importantly, however, you should take a look at the entire issue. The next call for submissions is under the theme, The Future Imagined Differently, and will open on June 1.
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