Formicid Form: Be Beautiful, Noble, Like the Antique Ant

The Daily Ant maintains “Formicid Form”, a Sunday ant poetry series. When possible, our Verse Correspondant, Natalia Piland, provides a short commentary at the end of each poem. Enjoy!


Be Beautiful, Noble, Like the Antique Ant

By Jose Garcia Villa

Be beautiful, noble, like the antique ant,
Who bore the storms as he* bore the sun,
Wearing neither gown nor helmet,
Though he was archbishop and soldier:
Wore only his own flesh.

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Anika Hazra Interviews Myrmecologists on Collective Intelligence

In a recent episode of the (wonderfully named) Science for the People podcast, University of Illinois – Chicago PhD student Anika Hazra interviewed myrmecologists Stephen Pratt and Simon Garnier. You may remember Hazra, also a myrmecologist, from her great antforgraphic on ant colony optimization! Now check out her engaging and informative interview of Pratt and Garnier, on ant intelligence, here.

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Formicid Form: “I Light the House on Fire and Lie Down”

The Daily Ant recently launched “Formicid Form”, a Sunday ant poetry series. When possible, our new Verse Correspondant, Natalia Piland, will provide a short commentary at the end of each poem. Enjoy!

Also, contribute to our ongoing GoFundMe campaign to bring classic ant tunes to life!


I Light the House on Fire and Lie Down

By Natalie Scenters-Zapico, in The Verging Cities

on my kitchen floor to feel the ants march
the hidden sugars on my body. They are
a crown at my head. Above me, leaves

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BREAKING: Daily Ant Launches GoFundMe Campaign: “AntSongs”

The Daily Ant is thrilled to report that we have launched a historic GoFundMe campaign: “AntSongs: A Daily Ant Experience“.

Bring such remarkable tunes as Tom Waits’ “Army Ants”, Frank Sinatra’s “High Hopes”, and Calle 13’s “El Hormiguero” to life! The Daily Ant will partner with Jordan Blanchard, a singer-songwriter from Michigan, to produce interpretive covers of these underappreciated classics.

If you would like to support this formicid-forward campaign, donate today!

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T.V. Tuesday: Portlandia

Portlandia is a pretty good show. But it always had a fatal flaw: no ants. Then everything changed.

Earlier this year, Episode 8 of Season 7 aired. It’s title? “Ants”.

There are a number of excellent ant sequences in the episode that are not featured in this clip, but for a taste of “Ants”, watch this:

 

Fraternal Correspondant Joshua Blanchard contributed to reporting

Formicid Form: “A Poor Christian Looks at the Ghetto”

The Daily Ant has launched “Formicid Form”, a Sunday ant poetry series. When possible, our new Verse Correspondant, Natalia Piland, will provide a short commentary at the end of each poem. Enjoy!


A Poor Christian Looks at the Ghetto

By Czesław Miłosz, recipient of the 1980 Nobel Prize in Literature.

Bees build around red liver,
Ants build around black bone.
It has begun: the tearing, the trampling on silks,
It has begun: the breaking of glass, wood, copper, nickel, silver, foam
Of gypsum, iron sheets, violin strings, trumpets, leaves, balls, crystals.
Poof! Phosphorescent fire from yellow walls
Engulfs animal and human hair.

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Style Saturday: AntEye

It’s hard to believe that it’s been two months since our last Style Saturdays installment. It’s also hard to believe that we have such a special contribution prepared for you today. Our newest Daily Ant Fashion Correspondant, Rose Langston, presents… AntEye, the hottest new trend this fall!

The products used in this video are from the vertebrate cosmetics company Younique, but the results are fully formicid fabulous. Enjoy!

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