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I've Heard the Vultures Singing: Field Notes on Poetry, Illness, and Nature

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Acclaimed poet and MacArthur Foundation Fellow, Lucia Perillo, a former park ranger who loved to hike the Cascade Mountains alone and prided herself on daring solo skis down the wild slopes of Mount Rainier, was diagnosed with multiple sclerosis when she was in her thirties. I've Heard the Vultures Singing is a clear-eyed and brazenly outspoken examination of her life as a person with disabilities. In unwavering and witty prose, and without a trace of self-pity, she contemplates the bitter ironies of being unable...

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Acclaimed poet and MacArthur Foundation Fellow, Lucia Perillo, a former park ranger who loved to hike the Cascade Mountains alone and prided herself on daring solo skis down the wild slopes of Mount Rainier, was diagnosed with multiple sclerosis when she was in her thirties. I've Heard the Vultures Singing is a clear-eyed and brazenly outspoken examination of her life as a person with disabilities. In unwavering and witty prose, and without a trace of self-pity, she contemplates the bitter ironies of being unable to walk, what it’s like to experience eros as a sick person, how to lower one’s expectations for a wilderness experience, and how to deal with the vagaries of a disease that has no predictable trajectory. Masterfully written, the essays resonate with lovers of literature and nature, and with anyone who has dealt with disadvantages of the body or the hard-luck limitations of ordinary life.

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  • ISBN-13: 9781595340313
  • Publisher: Trinity University Press
  • Publication date: 5/28/2007
  • Pages: 256
  • Product dimensions: 5.70 (w) x 8.30 (h) x 0.90 (d)

Table of Contents


Acknowledgments     xi
A Glimpse     1
Knowledge Game: Gulls     6
Definition of Terms     24
Medicine     31
Job versus Prometheus     46
Inside/Outside     57
A Cripple in the Wilderness     69
Fear of the Market     86
Knowledge Game: Bats     102
Brief History of My Thumb     115
Bonnie Without Clyde: The Romance of Being Bad     121
Sick Fuck     133
Two-Man Boat     148
Knowledge Game: Birdsong     159
On Solitude     177
From the Bardo Zone     189
Sources     209
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