The Sierra Club Nature Writing Handbook: A Creative Guide
This newest volume in the Sierra Club's acclaimed The series includes autobiographical writings, essays, short stories, and poetry that communicate a passion for nature which enhances our appreciation of a wide range of landscapes and wildlife. Diverse in mood and setting, the nineteen selections, including seven in print for the first time, represent the best of the genre.
Readers will delight in Chip Rawlins's memoir of life in the Wind River Mountains of Wyoming, Dan O'Brien's tale of falconry on the Great Plains, David Rains Wallace's exploration of the Darien, Barry Lopez's essay on the coral reefs of the Caribbean island of Bonaire, and Marybeth Holleman's evocative essay on St. Lawrence Island in the Bering Sea.
Other contributors are Rick Bass, SueEllen Campbell, Lisa Couturier, John Daniel, Jan Grover, Penny Harter, Adele Ne Jame, Homer Kizer, W. S. Merwin, David Petersen, April N. Rieveschl, Alianor True, Louise Wagenknecht, and Terry Tempest Williams.
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and rhymed stanzas (alternately rhymed lines of four beats, three beats, four
beats, and three beats), but she sometimes improvised slightly on that form, as in
Poem 1755 (her poems were numbered consecutively because they were
Whatever the case, it is clear that most contemporary poets of nature, from John
Haines in northern Alaska to Wendell ... a thing immortal itself, as in this poem by
John Haines: The Turning I A bear loped before me on a narrow, wooded road; ...
... his twelve-book epic poem The Aeneid was still short a few hundred lines,
ordered that the manuscript be burned. ... to his patron, Octavian Augustus, who
had commissioned the poem to be written as a celebration of Roman culture.