Book Beat: October 1999

Research and Management Techniques for the Conservation of Sea Turtles

Research and Management Techniques for the Conservation of Sea Turtlesedited by Karen L. Eckert, Karen A. Bjorndal (Department of Zoology), F. Alberto Abreu-Grobois and Marydele Donnelly
(Marine Turtle Specialist Group, 1999)
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To ensure the survival of sea turtles, it is important that standard and appropriate guidelines and criteria be employed by field workers in all range states. Standardized conservation and management techniques encourage the collection of comparable data and enable the sharing of results among nations and regions. This manual seeks to address the need for standard guidelines and criteria, while at the same time acknowledging a growing constituency of field workers and policy-makers seeking guidance with regard to when and why to invoke one management option over another, how to effectively implement the chosen option, and how to evaluate success.

- from preface


Knowledge of the effects of human activities on sea turtles in foraging habitats are clearly a high priority for the management and conservation of sea turtles. Current levels of directed take of sea turtles on foraging grounds and the effect of these harvests on population stability should be assessed. The opinion that sea turtle populations can sustain harvests on their foraging grounds as long as they are protected at their nesting beaches reflects a lack of understanding of just how unrelenting and efficient such harvests can be.

Reputations of the Tongue: On Poets and Poetry

Reputations of the Tongue: On Poets and PoetryWilliam Logan, Department of English
(University Press of Florida, 1999)
Available through the University of Florida Press

William Logan is the most dangerous poetry critic since Randall Jarrell. Intense and savagely witty, he is the most irritating and strong-minded reviewer of contemporary poetry we have. A survey of American, British, and Irish poetry in the eighties and early nineties, Reputations of the Tongue is a book of poetry criticism more honest than any since Jarrell's Poetry and the Age....

Logan's reviews have been noted for their violence, intelligence, candor, and humor. Many aroused tempers on first publication, leading one Pulitzer Prize winner to offer to run the critic over with a truck.

- from book jacket


A book of selected poems is a monument to middle age. It may revive a flagging career or embalm an overvalued one. As a sign of respectability, or as a device to return to print poems long out of it, a selected poems is an unendurable temptation for poets who have not received their due (and even great poets fear they have not received their due). Though a clever poet can obscure his old sins or alter his alliances (early Yeats, in our standard texts, is often late Yeats in sheep's clothing), revising with a liver-spotted hand the radical errors of youth, these monumental designs usually falter, like those of public statuary, between ingratiation and ingratitude. Most poets should rest on their laurels or read their old reviews.

Native Americans in Florida

Native Americans in FloridaKevin McCarthy, Department of English
(Pineapple Press, 1999)
Available through Amazon

The book begins with a discussion of several basic areas of interest to those studying Native Americans in Florida. The author explores the importance of archaeology in preserving the past for future generations, how archaeologists do their work, and even how young people can gain hands-on experience on a real dig. The different types of Indian mounds—burial mounds, shell middens, and platform mounds—and their uses are explained, as well as Indian languages and reservations.

- from book jacket


Today in Florida only two languages are still spoken among the Seminole people. These are Maskóî (erroneously called "Creek" by English speakers) and a Hitchiti dialect called Misiksúkî. But 50 years ago, seven languages were still in use, and 150 years ago, there may have been a dozen or more. The only trace of the original languages spoken in Florida for several thousand years is in a few place names that the Europeans borrowed from the Indians. It was usually easier for the new explorers to use an Indian name for a lake, river, valley, or settlement than to make up a new name. The Europeans might ask friendly Indians what they called a certain place. The Indians would tell the Europeans what the Indian name was, and the Europeans would listen to the word and then pronounce it in their own language as close to the Indian pronunciation as they could.

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