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Mirror of Beasts: Episodes of a Reflected Ecology

Using the radical perspectives of psychoecology, Wright recycles the form of the medieval bestiary into an exploration of contemporary mythic experience. Essentially an analytical memoir, Mirror of Beasts explores new ground in an attempt to understand relationships between humans and wild animals. Humorous and thoughtful, this unusual book encompasses both the sacred and the profane.

"The animals beckon to us every day, they talk and prance, bite and screech, buzz and crawl, a writhing mosaic of action, a multi-media alarm luring us out of our heads and into the fullness of the world."


The Deer: "One minute we relish the entrancing sight of this creature like a rare gift, then the next we are railing at game officials to extend the rate of kills allowed for hunters."
Such is the paradox of man's relationship with beasts.
James Wright looks at this relationship with a skeptical eye concerning our mutual interests: that of man and beast.
"Thriving within the forest does not require subjugating or destroying it." And it would seem that our prosperity could very well be enhanced by learning from those who naturally dwell in the forest.
Yet a study reveals absurdness aplenty. For example. "In the New World mythology of the Haida people, raven is a culture hero. Old Testament cultures declared the bird unclean, cursed by Noah."
Mirror of Beasts gives a number of engrossing examples of beast behavior for us to ponder. Examples that could very well assist us in our future attitudes and behavior toward the BEASTS on our world, a world of beasts that most of us have little understanding of. This book will, for many, begin the process of changing that. It encourages the reader to learn more.
And that's a good thing.