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By John R. Campbell

ISBN-10: 0874174961

ISBN-13: 9780874174960

A suite of forty four prose meditations encouraged by means of the transitory and bird-rich atmosphere of the Klamath marshes at the Oregon/California border. "In order to just accept the big accountability that comes of being on this planet, we needs to first conceive, inspite of all of the stumbling blocks, the nation of really being the world." it truly is accordingly that John R. Campbell got here to the Klamath marshes, a wetland in southern Oregon shaped through 3 old, shallow lakes, an enormous vacancy that's ironically domestic to an grand range of lifestyles, of untold hundreds of thousands of birds either migratory and resident, of all of the interconnected lifestyles types that make up one among North America's richest common environments. Absence and light-weight is Campbell's account of his exploration of the marshes and a meditation at the international he came across there, on his growing to be figuring out of the actual, emotional, ethical, and aesthetic which means of that international, on his personal development as a guy. via Campbell's eyes, we notice the stirring and marvelous fantastic thing about the marshes and their creatures, and the utter poignancy in their fragility prior to the heedless targets of humankind. this is often nature writing at its so much profound and relocating, writing that during interpreting and defining the realm of nature is helping us to appreciate the very complex and contradictory realities of being human. Campbell's luminous descriptions and mystical insights will lengthy linger within the reader's reminiscence.

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A slender šsh seeks their shade. The trees arrange themselves in rows, hugging the straight irrigation ditches like spectators at a small-town parade, gawking unself-consciously with their entire selves, with even the hidden roots that grope for water. I used to long for old trees, their gnarls, as if God the father might be found there, or a nativity inside a knot. I wanted possibility to ensue from solidity. Now I feel a better passion, one poised in between earth a b s e n c es and heaven. I sense the energy enunciated in sex, the swirling emptiness that emerges from bleached ribs, from the air around a rising egret’s neck, from autumn willows like these.

I last saw him alive in November, when he was hospitalized for complications following a broken hip. His bed was beside a window that overlooked the landscape north of Chicago, where the trees’ rounded tops, still leafed, congealed to express the gentle, almost imperceptible undulations in the land. A single maple sprawled just outside, its yellow leaves, bigger than hands, falling one by one on the hospital lawn. My dad was clearly dying now, and he wanted only comfort amid the 32 chaos of his ruin.

No longer can I view the goose as cleanly represented, as in the natural history illustrations, against a šeld of white. Its body is drawn out of obscurity as a contiguous aspect of a series: each animal in physical contact with others, through the agency of secretions or sight or sound, or some unknown sense. Viewed in this way, the snow goose spans scales easily. It includes the mites inhabiting their white world, and that world itself navigating in space, and the ¦ocks numbering in the tens of thousands turning and counterturning as a whole.

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