This meditation marks a return to the South and its somewhat raucous racism, a hate so visceral that it can be known only through the tracks of the nonhuman: the possum that suffer in the destruction we have wrought against all species, vegetable and mammalian, everywhere.
colin dayan is professor of English, Robert Penn Warren Professor in the Humanities, and professor of law at Vanderbilt University. Her books include The Law Is a White Dog; Haiti, History, and the Gods; and, most recently, With Dogs at the Edge of Life. A recipient of NEH and Guggenheim fellowships, she was elected to the American Academy of Arts and Sciences in 2012. “Possum Hunting” is part of a forthcoming memoir called Animal Quintet, a return to the South.