is derived from the Latin word meaning 'spirits of the night'
lemurs are nocturnal with large reflective eyes & wailing cries
all lemurs (pygmy slow loris, crowned lemur, fat-tailed dwarf lemur, black
& white ruffled lemur, gray gentle lemur, ring-tailed lemur, aye-aye, slender
loris, slow loris, blue-eyed lemur, lesser bushbaby, collared lemur,
golden-crowned sifaka) have a 'tapetum,' a reflective layer over the retina
that causes their eyes to shine back light
lemurs evolved before anthropoids living during the Eocene epoch
55 million years ago
(the first monkey dates to 45 million years ago, the ape 35)
Madagascar broke from Africa 160 million years ago
did lemurs travel to Madagascar on clumps of vegetation?
lemurs are the closest living analogs to man's ancient primate ancestors
lemurs differ cognitively in the development of the associative areas of the brain
lemurs have scent glands on their feet that leave odors on the surfaces
lemurs have a heightened sense of smell
lemurs are arboreal, spending much of their time in trees & bushes
lemurs have large bushy tails that wave in the air to communicate
their tails help them balance when they leap from tree to tree
lemurs have a good grip for hanging onto trees & branches
lemurs are well-groomed & use their teeth as a comb
some lemurs are hermetic, live alone, awake & active at night
others live in large stable groups & in fluid associations
lemurs show female dominance
lemur babies are carried in their mothers' mouths
lemurs are usually vegetarian, primarily eating leaves & fruit
as they move from flower to flower lemurs transfer pollen on their foreheads
all lemurs are found in Madagascar & the neighboring Comoros Islands
the forests of Madagascar are being destroyed at an alarming rate
50 different species of lemur are critically endangered
80% of their habitat has been destroyed
lemurs are hurt by new weapons & deforestation
lemurs are the most gravely endangered group of primates in the world
--from Anne Waldman
A Sad Harp, by Katy Lederer
My little instrument, my denouement,
Pass me through to this fine place of whimsy.
I am dreaming in my head of heart, my heart then of my head.
I am dreaming in my head of books,
Of books now bent, their words destroyed.
Are we thinking of this form as harm, we derelict, we deadly?
In the basement the doctor is just getting in.
I am going downstairs to receive my first treatment.
Replacement of the brain by heart, the heart, then, by the brain.
What medical audacity.
This doctor man, this doctor man.
His hands are now playing this sad little harp.
His hands are now playing this harp.
Lederer, who also operates Spectacular Books
, uses my favorite spelling of 'Katy.' A girl I know named Katy, same spelling, just had a baby. They named him 'Ivan.' I had a great-uncle named Ivan, but he went by 'John' for most of his life. Red scare, I guess.
The rhyming on the Blakroc album is better than the rhyming on the Whitefield Brothers one, but I like the music better on the latter--sounds like they've been listening to Malcouns and Nomo.
(Written a while ago, never posted for reasons forgotten.)
You know, I was way into GI Joe as a kid, but I have no desire to see the movie now.
The show was a program-length commercial produced by a toy company, designed to circumvent then-current bans on the amount of advertising in children's television. In an early effort at cross-marketing, the show fed the toys fed the comics fed the (first, animated) movie. And don't even get me started on the politics.
I mean, don't get me wrong--I had the bridge-laying tank and the hovercraft and alternate-colorway versions of people and all kinds of stuff. I'm pretty sure I sent away for William 'Refrigerator' Perry. I didn't know any better, because I was a kid. I loved it at the time, but any nostalgia I feel nowadays is for my childhood, not a bunch of plastic crap.