As autumn settles in, I am getting busily to work on my new book called, in its working-title, The Urban Bestiary. It’s a wonderful project (if I may say so!) that explores our constant continuity with the wild earth through our daily coexistence with wild animals (as well as other animals that are breaking down the clarity of the old urban/wild/rural boundaries, such as goats and chickens…). Various urban-wild creatures,from coyotes to hummingbirds, are explored through myth and lore, science, natural history, personal encounter, and what I call “home practice”–the things that we can do in the places we dwell that help to cultivate meaningful, creative, intelligent coexistence with the more-than-human-world.
I’m hoping y’all will help by sharing your stories–what encounters have you had with urban-wild animals? Has a coyote eaten your chicken or your daschsund? Have raccoons come in through your cat door? Has a hummingbird fed from the flower-barrette in your hair? How did that go for you? What do you do in your household to navigate the complex tangle of urban and wild with a sense of grace? I would love to hear your unique, absolutely true stories, with any kind of urban creatures, not just the flashy ones. Share them here on The Tangled Nest, and/or email me: urbanwild-at-thetanglednest.com (with URBAN-WILD in caps in the subject line, please). No promises that any stories sent will end up in the book, but they will help jangle the ideas in our collective brains. Many, many thanks.
If I can stop watching the animals long enough to actually write it, The Urban Bestiary will be published by Little, Brown in 2012.
Thanks to Flickr users mybulldog, indigtaylor, and AVernon.