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Dancing with Wings: Listening to the Bees Mark L. Winston and Renée Sarojini Saklikar

In Listening to the Bees, two writers of different genres undertake the seemingly impossible task of creating an organic osmosis of scientific knowledge and poetry through the language of bees. In his preface, Mark L.Winston (a scientist and bee expert) states that while “[b]ees provide superb opportunities for… subterranean layer[s] of reflection” through scientific research, there is a need to “prob[e] further.” His desire to “listen” to the bees goes beyond rational inquiry, leading to this collaborative project with Saklikar, an Indian-born Canadian poet. The book is an artefact of scientific ruminations on bees, poetry by Renée Sarojini Saklikar based on Winston’s scientific papers, and photographs, images, and drawings by both authors.