Sisters of the Earth: Women's Prose and Poetry About Nature

Sisters of the Earth: Women's Prose and Poetry About Nature

by Lorraine Anderson, Marty Asher, Terry Tempest Williams
     
 

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This book introduces us to female perspectives on nature. Over 90 selections, from Emily Dickinson to Alice Walker, span a century and encompass the voices of a variety of women--some known for their writing on nature, and several outstanding new voices

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This book introduces us to female perspectives on nature. Over 90 selections, from Emily Dickinson to Alice Walker, span a century and encompass the voices of a variety of women--some known for their writing on nature, and several outstanding new voices

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Publishers Weekly - Publisher's Weekly
The voices of nearly 100 women--white, black, Native American--sing out in this luminous anthology, which spans centuries, genres and literary careers from Willa Cather's to Sue Hubbell's. The thread that binds together the poetry, short stories and essays collected here is the harmonious relationship between women and nature that is about ``caring rather than controlling,'' as editor Anderson indicates. In her poem ``My Help Is in the Mountainsic ,'' Nancy Wood ( Hollering Sun ) becomes part of the sun-warmed rock that soothes her ``earthly wounds.'' In a prose reflection, ``The Miracle of Renewal,'' Laura Lee Davidson is rejuvenated by a year spent in the Canadian woods in 1914, which provided her with a ``gallery of mind-pictures.'' Both Linda Hogan's essay, ``Walking,'' and Elizabeth Coatsworth's poem, ``On the Hills,'' seek and find continuity in nature, as well as a kinship with the other times and places that is evoked by it. Taste and sensitivity are evident throughout the volume, whether tacit as nocturnal solitude or vocal as a feline ``howl . . . for the flame of yellow moons'' in Judith Minty's poem, ``Why Do You Keep Those Cats?'' Anderson is a freelance writer and editor. QPB selection. (Apr.)
From the Publisher
“Not only is [Sisters of the Earth] a pleasure; it is relevant and even urgent—politically, aesthetically and spiritually.” —The Women’s Review of Books

“These voices remind, rejoice, bewail, berate—with love, joy, compassion, energy, nerve and outrage—and we’d better pay attention.” –Janet Kauffman, author of Places in the World a Woman Could Walk

“The voices of . . . women—white, black, Native American—sing out in this luminous anthology, which spans centuries, genres, and literary careers…. Taste and sensitivity are evident throughout.” –Publishers Weekly

“Anderson’s intelligent preface and headnotes add much to this generous, long overdue, and very welcome collection.” –Outside

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780679733829
Publisher:
Knopf Doubleday Publishing Group
Publication date:
04/09/1991
Edition description:
1st ed
Pages:
448
Product dimensions:
5.22(w) x 8.00(h) x 0.89(d)

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Meet the Author

Lorraine Anderson is a freelance editor, writer, and teacher whose work focuses on encouraging a reciprocal relationship with nature. She served as lead editor of the college textbook Literature and the Environment: A Reader on Nature and Culture (1998) and collaborated with Thomas Edwards on the anthology At Home on This Earth: Two Centuries of U.S. Women's Nature Writing (2002). She holds a B.A in English from the University of Utah and an M.S. in creation sprituality from Naropa University, and lives in Davis, California.

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