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Manatee /Humanity (Penguin Poets)
Anne Waldman guides us through this book-length poetry-and-prose meditation on endangered species by describing an initiation ceremony designed to instill a deeper sense of compassion. In our conversation, she explores the possibility of a neurological basis for compassion, positing the presence of "mirror neurons." We also discuss a darker possibility: What if the future of ecology means learning to live in—and with—our trash?
- Anne Waldman: author, 'Manatee/Humanity'