The Oxbow (The Connecticut River near Northampton), by Thomas Cole, 1836.

The Oxbow (The Connecticut River near Northampton), by Thomas Cole, 1836.

Book of Nature

Volume 1, Number 3 | summer 2008

The Empire of Flora, by Nicolas Poussin, 1631.

Funhouse Goddess

By D. Graham Burnett

It has never been easy to decipher what nature is trying to tell us, but that hasn’t stopped us from filling in the blanks. A look at the sexual politics of natural law theories.

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The temple bell stops but I still hear the sound coming out of the flowers.

—Basho, c. 1690

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