Wilderness and Razor Wire: A Naturalist's Observations from Prison

Wilderness and Razor Wire: A Naturalist's Observations from Prison

by Ken Lamberton, Richard Shelton
     
 

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From Mark Slouka, San Francisco Chronicle:

Ken Lamberton would like you to believe his book, &'grave;Wilderness and Razor Wire,'' is about the smell of creosote and rain on the wind, about hawkmoths dipping from the wells of cactus. Don't believe him.

Don't be misled by the drawings of brittlebush and silverleaf oak (all done by Lamberton himself), or the

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From Mark Slouka, San Francisco Chronicle:

Ken Lamberton would like you to believe his book, &'grave;Wilderness and Razor Wire,'' is about the smell of creosote and rain on the wind, about hawkmoths dipping from the wells of cactus. Don't believe him.

Don't be misled by the drawings of brittlebush and silverleaf oak (all done by Lamberton himself), or the well-intentioned, avuncular foreword by Richard Shelton, who taught Lamberton writing in prison workshops and at the University of Arizona. Though the nature writing here may be some of the best to come our way in a generation, this is not first and foremost a book about poppies and peppergrass. It is about the soul in pain. Reading it is like chatting with someone on the street and suddenly noticing there is blood running down his side.

All of which is to say that Lamberton (for the past 12 years an inmate of Tucson's Santa Rita Prison) has written something entirely original: an edgy, ferocious, subtly complex collection of essays on the nature of freedom and the freedom of nature, whose true subject, and greatest accomplishment, may be its own narrative voice.

Editorial Reviews

Mark Slouka
Lamberton...has written something entirely original: an edgy, ferocious, subtly complex collection of essays on the nature of freedom and the freedom of nature, whose true subject, and greatest accomplishment, may be its own narrative voice....Ken Lamberton has survived his captivity. Fortunately for us, he's retained a memory of the darkness, the firelight, the heathenish rites of the world beneath our feet.
San Francisco Chronicle
Kirkus Reviews
Short, unbuffed essays that shuttle restlessly between natural history and prison life, and the unexpected moments of interpenetration, from inmate Lamberton.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781562791162
Publisher:
Mercury House
Publication date:
01/01/1999
Pages:
240
Sales rank:
473,213
Product dimensions:
5.50(w) x 8.60(h) x 0.80(d)

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