By Steve Brooks; S. J. Brooks
(Smithsonian Books, Paperback, 9781588340641, 112pp.)

Publication Date: March 2003

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Dragonflies and damselflies have lived on earth for hundreds of millions of years, and there are thousands of different species living in watery environments throughout the world. But few people will have looked beyond the flash of blue, red, green or yellow to consider the lives of dragonflies.

These masters of aerial combat are the best fliers in the animal kingdon. Harmless to humans, yet a dreaded predator in the insect world, dragonflies swoop after prey, fight rivals, hover like helicopters as they defend territory, and engage in elaborate courtship displays. Brooks explains how ferocious larvae bloom into masters of aerial predation and reveals the beauty and complex lives of these intriguing insects.

About the Author
As a young man, Steve Brooks discovered that whenever he thought of himself as a poet, the word disappeared. He thought of poetry not merely as an occupation but as something essential. He discovered he was a poet, not by its definition but by its reality. His first book was Philip Blanc in San Francisco (Panjandrum Press, 1972) surrealist poems and drawings. His next published work was as part of an anthology, Five on the Western Edge (Momo's Press, 1977). The Cock Poems by Georgio Vesta was published by Love Lights Magazine in 1973. His second one-man show, "The Blood & Turnips Poetry Festival," was a satire in which he wrote and played the part of twenty poets. His collected poems, The Dancer in the Heart, was published by Philos Press in 2001 under the name Steve Abhaya. Many of his subsequent works were self-published by Abhaya Books & Art, available online. He currently resides in Asheville, North Carolina.

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