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The Squirrel Monkey, photo from Christian ArtusoThe Squirrel Monkey weighs up to about 1 kg. They live in primary and secondary forests and cultivated areas. Disturbed habitats are advantageous because of their greater supply of preferred food - insects (such as grasshoppers) and fruit. They rarely travel on the ground and are most active in the morning and late afternoon. They have large group sizes (40 - 70 individuals) in continuous forest. They are non-aggressive and egalitarian - neither males nor females appear to be dominant. Females are usually the ones who disperse to another troop. The Central American squirrel monkey has always been restricted to the Pacific lowlands of Costa Rica and Panama. They have already declined drastically due to clearing of forests. Currently, deforestation and habitat fragmentation due to agriculture and tourism development are the major causes of decline. Insecticide spraying, the pet trade and electrocution from electric power lines have also adversely affected these squirrel monkeys.


I’m Difficult to Fit


Burgess Stanley Needle

I'm difficult to fit
      With my sunken chest, skinny arms
      And a waist longer around than
A three foot measure, but Nordstrom's
      I discovered makes a perfect shirt
      At least for me
Don't ask me how I found out:
      Okay, someone bought me one
      Of their shirts as a gift and it settled
Over me like fog on an English castle
So I threw out all my old shirts,
      went on-line and ordered
      Every color of their smart care
Wrinkle free Hong Kong creations
To be sent here to me in Tucson
      My little home from where I try to fight
      Global warming, fossil fuel emissions
Always trying to tighten that footprint
Of humanity, but my shirts came:
      In cardboard boxes made from
      Endangered forests; gently wrapped
In plastic drawn from the bowels of the earth; and,
Enough pins to forge an axe. The material was of
      the finest Pima cotton, grown and harvested
      Right down the street from me, flown
To Hong Kong, turned into fabric and from
Fabric, into my shirts, which were shipped…
      Oh my God
Do you see where this is going?
Do you see where my shirts have been?
I love my smart care pin-striped shirts
      But they make a mockery of my principles
      And I cringe at their air miles
But they do settle on me soft as alpaca
      And Nordstrom's sells these
      Extraordinary alpaca scarves
I wouldn't even dare hang in my closet
Would I?

Burgess Needle is a Tucson writer whose work has appeared in Under the Radar (UK), Decanto (UK), Brittle Star (UK), Blackbox Manifold (UK), Concho River Review, Raving Dove, Centrifugal Eye, Iodine, Full of Crow, Kritya (India), Gutter Eloquence, Origami Condom and Red Fez. His fiction has appeared in BlackMarket Review (UK), 10,000 Tons of Black Ink and Connotation Press. He taught English for two years in the Peace Corps [Thailand, 1967-1969], been a co-director of the Southern Arizona Writing Project, co-published and edited Prickly Pear / Tucson [a poetry quarterly] for five years, and was a school librarian for thirty years. Diminuendo Press published his first collection of poetry: EVERY CROW IN THE BLUE SKY.See:
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