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"Appleman illuminates his theme with empathy, understanding, wit, and humor that is often subtle or satirical and always enjoyable. Pozzati's illustrations, while often whimsical, are also realistic and memorable." —Reports of the National Center for Science Education, Sept./Oct. 2010

"The poems in Darwin's Ark were inspired by and grow naturally out of Darwin's work. Whether funny or serious, Appleman's poems are accessible and moving." —Voice of Reason, 2009, no. 1

"A beautiful marriage of word and image—and of intelligence and passion." —Ursula LeGuin

"A very important... work of art, incorporating a high degree of scientific intelligence with beauty and wit." —Kurt Vonnegut

"The importance of Darwin to our planet today makes these poems required reading. Philip Appleman's skill and intelligence make them a pleasure as well." —James Merrill

"Philip Appleman has captured the elusive themes of Darwin's worldview and translated them into items of beauty that also provoke thought." —Stephen Jay Gould, Parnassus

About the Author

Philip Appleman is Distinguished Professor of English Emeritus at Indiana University Bloomington, author of seven volumes of poetry and three novels, including Apes and Angels, and editor of the Norton critical edition Darwin. He lives in East Hampton, New York.

Rudy Pozzatti is Distinguished Professor of Fine Arts Emeritus at Indiana University Bloomington. His artwork is on display in prominent museum collections around the world. He has had frequent one-man shows and has won countless prizes, special print commissions, and awards for his work. He lives in Bloomington, Indiana.


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Product Details

  • Paperback: 112 pages
  • Publisher: Indiana University Press (January 26, 2009)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0253220920
  • ISBN-13: 978-0253220929
  • Product Dimensions: 7 x 0.3 x 10 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 7.2 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,922,327 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Philip Appleman (New York, NY) has published eight volumes of poetry, including Karma, Dharma, Pudding & Pie (Quantuck Lane Press, 2009); New and Selected Poems, l956-l996 (University of Arkansas Press, l996); three novels, including Apes and Angels (Putnam, l989); and half a dozen nonfiction books, including the widely used Norton Critical Edition Darwin, and the Norton Critical Edition of Malthus' Essay on Population. His poetry and fiction have won many awards, including a fellowship in poetry from the National Endowment for the Arts, the Castagnola Award from the Poetry Society of America, the Friend of Darwin Award from the National Center for Science Education, and the Humanist Arts Award of the American Humanist Association. Distinguished Professor Emeritus at Indiana University, he is a founding member of the Poets Advisory Committee of Poets House, New York, a former member of the governing board of the Poetry Society of America, and a member of the Academy of American Poets, PEN American Center, Poets & Writers, Inc., and the Authors Guild of America.

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11 of 11 people found the following review helpful By G. Dantone on April 1, 2009
Format: Paperback
In celebration of Charles Darwin's bicentennial and the 150th anniversary of the publication of the "Origin of Species," Indiana University Press has released a paperback version of "Darwin's Ark," a 1984 collection of Philip Appleman's poems on Darwinian themes, illustrated by internationally known printmaker Rudy Pozzatti.
Not all the poems are about Darwin himself. In fact, if one had plucked a poem out of the context of this book, Darwin would not necessarily come to mind; but scientific naturalism and the inter-connectedness of humanity and all of nature would come to mind.
My personal favorites are contained in chapter III, "Animals Tame and Animals Feral" and specifically "Darwin's Bestiary."
Throughout the collection, Appleman conjures up our hunter-gatherer origins and transposes them right onto our modern world to jarring affect. These poems are more about us, in light of Darwinism, than they are about Darwin.
But Darwin the man is also well served here particularly in "On the Beagle".
If you are interested in the conjunction of science and art, take a look at "Darwin's Ark."
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8 of 11 people found the following review helpful By Midwest Book Review on June 11, 2009
Format: Paperback
Science can cross with poetry quite well. "Darwin's Ark" is a collection of poems focusing on the thoughts and ideas of famed evolutionary biologist Charles Darwin, written by Professor of English at Indiana University Philip Appleman. "Darwin's Ark" is a top pick for those who value science alongside fine poetry. "Darwin on Fourteenth Street": Vision at this depth/is blurred - in the muddy gutters/manta rays switch their poison tails;/above them cruise the shadowy tiger sharks - this/ is Fourteenth Street:/a hundred thousand diatoms/in the belly of a shrimp,/two hundred shrimp/in the belly of a herring,/five hundred herring/in the belly of a whale: this/is Fourteenth street.
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