By Ruth Padel

“Life all started with migration.” In a powerful tapestry of existence at the stream, Ruth Padel weaves poems and prose, technological know-how and faith, wild nature and human heritage, to conjure an international created and sustained by way of migration.

'We're all from someplace else,' she starts. “Migration builds civilization but in addition explanations displacement.” From the Holy Family’s Flight into Egypt, the misplaced Colony on Roanoke and the well-known picture ‘Migrant Mother’, she turns to John James Audubon’s trip from Haiti and France, heirlooms carried via Ellis Island, Kennedy’s “society of immigrants” and Casa del Migrante at the Mexican border.

But she reaches the human tale throughout the millennia-old trips of cells in bodies, bushes within the Ice Age, Monarch butterflies traveling from Alaska to Mexico. As warblers conflict hurricanes over the Caribbean and wildebeest courageous a river packed with the biggest crocodiles in Africa, she indicates that the aim of migration for either people and animals is survival.

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P . 42) Nemesis Greek goddess of retribution (p . 42) She-wolf Romulus, the legendary founder of Rome, was said to have been reared by a wolf. A statue of the wolf forms part of the Capitol. (p . 42) one vain man Napoleon - see Glossary. (p . 43) Alcides with the distaff a feminised Hercules (p. 43) And . . conquer'd Echoing Julius Caesar's 'I came, 1 saw, 1 conquered' (4 7BC) (p . 43) flee in the sense of fly towards (p . 43) arch of triumph The Arc de Triomphe was commissioned by N apoleon in 1 806 to mark his victory at Austerlitz.

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