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For example, from Please Do Not Yell At The Sea Cucumber, Amy elucidates on the 24 eyes, "hanging down on stalks," of the brainless box jellyfish:
...maybe, in fact, the brainlessness of the box jellyfish is a direct consequence of its tremendous powers of sight. Perhaps neither the animal nor the prophet has been invented who could process so thorough a vision. It is disquieting enough to be hyperacute or hypersensitive; perhaps being both would very soon melt your brain and leave you quiescent, hanging transparently in the giant dancing green waters of the world.
|Illustration by Nate Christopherson from Things That Are|
One more thing: this here marks the first ever Book Catapult contest, such as it is. If you can provide me with the most-clever, oddly accurate, hilariously whimsical definition for the following word or term taken from Amy Leach's Things That Are glossary, I will personally send you a pristine copy of Things That Are. How's that sound?
The phrase: leguminous exoplanet
Send your definition to firstname.lastname@example.org and I will select the finest entry & send the winner a hardcover copy of Amy Leach's Things That Are (Milkweed Editions.)
Buy Things That Are from your local independent bookstore. <-- Follow that link to see my Indie Next list blurb (which sounds a little like what I wrote here) AND hear Amy Leach read one of her stories, set to music. It's a multi-media extravaganza over at Indiebound!
#7: A Sense of Direction
#8: The Revised Fundamentals of Caregiving
#9: The Yellow Birds
#10: Me, Who Dove Into the Heart of the World
The 2012 Notable Notables