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Diane Ackerman

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Diane Ackerman
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Diane Ackerman is the author of seven poetry collections including Origami Bridges: Poems of Psychoanalysis and Fire (Harper Perennial, 2003) and Jaguar of Sweet Laughter: New and Selected Poems (Random House, 1991). Also a noted naturalist and essayist, Ackerman’s nonfiction includesThe Zookeeper's Wife  (W. W. Norton, 2008), which was made into a feature film, and One Hundred Names for Love (W. W. Norton, 2012), a finalist for the Pulitzer Prize. 

Ackerman has written essays about nature and human nature for the New York Times, New Yorker, American Scholar, Smithsonian, National Geographic and many other journals. Her writing has been recognized by an Academy of American Poets Lavan Award, P.E.N. Henry David Thoreau Award for Nature Writing, Orion Book Award, John Burroughs Nature Award, and a Guggenheim Fellowship. She was lionized as a Literary Lion by the New York Public Library. Several of her books have been National Book Circle Critics Award finalists. 
 
Ackerman lives in Ithaca, New York and has taught at a number of universities including Columbia University and Cornell University.
 

 

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I have found you among the texts
(but not the textures) of your life,
in the library of your cunning,
where the abstracts of forty papers
open, one by one, like small windows
partly sealed by terminology's lacquer.
They reveal you both aloof and enthralled,
a restless mind