Elemental South: An Anthology of Southern Nature Writing

Elemental South: An Anthology of Southern Nature Writing

by Dorinda G. Dallmeyer
     
 


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

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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 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 more, 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 more 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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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780820326894
Publisher:
University of Georgia Press
Publication date:
08/01/2008
Edition description:
New Edition
Pages:
176
Product dimensions:
5.50(w) x 8.50(h) x 0.41(d)

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Table of Contents

Foreword : our mutual friend, June 27, 1941-December 8, 2002
Home3
Black drink8
Where, beneath the magnolia13
Eating15
Hounds chasing deer in the suburbs20
You are what you eat21
The bottomland23
Bears24
Raccoons, a history28
Islands30
Sun time37
Into the dragon's mouth43
Riding bareback through the universe53
Air54
Of59
Origin moment60
Fire in the path69
Built by fire75
Rock springs78
Fire-wings82
Smoke and mirrors84
Butterfly91
First spring flood95
For the edge of the world96
The white heron98
Sweetgum country103
Diving into the heart of a poem105
Water109
The seat of courage120
Epilogue : why we write
What the creek teaches125
God willing and the creeks don't rise127
Where love may find its ground129
Reasons131
Wildness in the garden and the wilderness133
The place of writing in the world136
Becoming southern138
Claim staked140
Writing the birds142
Losses and gains145
The un-manifesto : take a hike148

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