The Cincinnati Arch: Learning from Nature in the City

The Cincinnati Arch: Learning from Nature in the City

by John Tallmadge
     
 

ISBN-10: 0820326909

ISBN-13: 9780820326900

Pub. Date: 10/11/2004

Publisher: University of Georgia Press

What wilderness lover, asks John Tallmadge, "would ever dream of settling deep in the Rust Belt astride polluted rivers?" The Cincinnati Arch holds the provocative answer to Tallmadge's question, which was prompted by his unplanned relocation from rural Minnesota to urban Ohio. Tallmadge tells of dismaying early encounters with the city's seeming barenness,

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What wilderness lover, asks John Tallmadge, "would ever dream of settling deep in the Rust Belt astride polluted rivers?" The Cincinnati Arch holds the provocative answer to Tallmadge's question, which was prompted by his unplanned relocation from rural Minnesota to urban Ohio. Tallmadge tells of dismaying early encounters with the city's seeming barenness, his growing awareness of its vitality and abundance, and finally his new vision of all nature, from the vacant lots of his neighborhood to our great New England forests and Western deserts.

New to the city, Tallmadge saw only its concrete, glass, smog, and debris. Soon his interest, stirred by the wonder of his children at their surroundings, focused Tallmadge to the "buzzing, flapping, scurrying, chewing, photosynthesizing life forms" around him. More deeply, Tallmadge began to learn from, and not just about, the city. Nature's persistence—within him and wherever he looked—wore away at old notions of wilderness that made no allowances for human culture.

The "arch" of the book's title is richly resonant: as the name of a geologic formation molding the urban landscape Tallmadge comes to love; as an archetypal building form; and, in its parabolic shape, as a metaphor for life's journey. Filled with luminous lessons of mindfulness, attentiveness, and other spiritual practices, this is a hopeful guide to finding nature and balance in unlikely places.

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780820326900
Publisher:
University of Georgia Press
Publication date:
10/11/2004
Edition description:
New Edition
Pages:
240
Product dimensions:
5.50(w) x 8.50(h) x 0.60(d)

Table of Contents

Into the pits
The road of exile3
Seventh and Vine12
The wild within24
Invisible landscapes36
Exploring the neighborhood
Starting from home51
A matter of scale67
Husbandry73
Alien species94
Old growth111
Farther and wider
Escalante133
A small piece of land163
Dante's river183
Staying till sundown206

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