Elemental South: An Anthology of Southern Nature Writing

Elemental South An Anthology of Southern Nature Writing Nature writers know that to be fully human is to be engaged with our natural surroundings Elemental South is a gathering of works by some of the region s best nature writers people who can coax from w

  • Title: Elemental South: An Anthology of Southern Nature Writing
  • Author: Dorinda G. Dallmeyer
  • ISBN: 9780820326894
  • Page: 455
  • Format: Paperback
  • Nature writers know that to be fully human is to be engaged with our natural surroundings Elemental South is a gathering of works by some of the region s best nature writers people who can coax from words the mysteries of our place in the landscape and the human relationship to wildness.Arranged by theme according to the basic elements by which many cultures on earth intNature writers know that to be fully human is to be engaged with our natural surroundings Elemental South is a gathering of works by some of the region s best nature writers people who can coax from words the mysteries of our place in the landscape and the human relationship to wildness.Arranged by theme according to the basic elements by which many cultures on earth interpret earth, air, fire, water the writings consider our actual and assumed connections in the greater scheme of functioning ecosystems As we read of bears, ancient magnolias, swallow tail kites, the serenity of a country childhood, the pleasure of eating real food, the remarkable provenance of ancient pottery shards, and much , these works lure us deep into the southern landscape, away from the constructs of humanity and closer to a recognition of our inextricable ties to the earth.The writers are all participants in the Southern Nature Project, an ongoing endeavor founded on the conviction that writing like the kind gathered here can help us to lead human, profound, and courageous lives in terms of how we use our earth Some of the featured writers are originally from the South, and others migrated here but all have honed their voices on the region s distinctive landscapes.

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    1. Starts a little slow, but before long I found myself not just reading, but re-reading the short essays and poetry with pencil in hand marking the words that were speaking to me. A great way to sample a variety of writers while enjoying the sum of the parts together.

    2. This collection of short stories thoughtfully captures both what it is like to live and be from the South, as well as the influence of nature on our everyday lives.

    3. I would've suggested not using any particular author more than once, but the editor chose to use multiple pieces from several authors.

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