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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Write until you feel you've exhausted your theme and then write some more past
that point to see what you can discover. Try to locate some new trails of writing
and thinking. Push yourself beyond the modes in which you normally function. 4.
It is wise to write on many subjects, to try many themes, that so you may find the
right and inspiring one. Be greedy of occassions [sic] to express your thought.
Improve the opportunity to draw analogies. There are innumerable avenues to
... central image of the opening paragraph. Second, it evokes the title of the essay
, "The Encircled River" (which in turn evokes the theme of natural cycles), and it
further supports the theme because the bandanna "encircles" the author's head.