I think of the children who will never know, intuitively, that a flower is a plant’s way of making love, or what silence sounds like, or that trees breathe out what we breathe in.
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Evan Lavender-Smith is the founding editor of Noemi Press and the author of From Old Notebooks and Avatar. He teaches at Virginia Tech in Blacksburg, Virginia, where he binge watches nature documentaries and fakes illness to avoid going on hikes.
I wake at 2:34 AM and lie in bed staring at the ceiling for a couple of hours, beating myself up for having awakened way before it’s time to get up.