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Woven Words: Poetry of the Sonoran Desert

Otter Enclosure Underwater Viewing: Poetry Blocks

The blocks that you might see the otter playing with have words on them — in both English and Spanish — that spin to make short lines of poetry. Look closely through the glass and see which line is there now. This poetry installation, part of Woven Words, doubles as animal enrichment. “We wanted to try to make a collaborative poem with the otter,” says Eric Magrane, the Desert Museum’s Poet in Residence. “The poet Joy Harjo has a great poem called ‘humans aren’t the only makers of poetry,’ and that’s an idea we’re playing with here.”

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