Zoro's Field: My Life in the Appalachian Woods

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After a long absence from his native southern Appalachians, Thomas Rain Crowe returned to live alone deep in the North Carolina woods. This is Crowe’s chronicle of that time when, for four years, he survived by his own hand without electricity, plumbing, modern-day transportation, or regular income. It is a Walden for today, paced to nature’s rhythms and cycles and filled with a wisdom one gains only through the pursuit of a consciously simple, spiritual, environmentally ...

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After a long absence from his native southern Appalachians, Thomas Rain Crowe returned to live alone deep in the North Carolina woods. This is Crowe’s chronicle of that time when, for four years, he survived by his own hand without electricity, plumbing, modern-day transportation, or regular income. It is a Walden for today, paced to nature’s rhythms and cycles and filled with a wisdom one gains only through the pursuit of a consciously simple, spiritual, environmentally responsible life.

Crowe made his home in a small cabin he had helped to build years before—at a restless age when he could not have imagined that the place would one day call him back. The cabin sat on what was once the farm of an old mountain man named Zoro Guice. As we absorb Crowe’s sharp observations on southern Appalachian natural history, we also come to know Zoro and the other singular folk who showed Crowe the mountain ways that would see him through those four years.

Crowe writes of many things: digging a root cellar, being a good listener, gathering wood, living in the moment, tending a mountain garden. He explores profound questions on wilderness, self-sufficiency, urban growth, and ecological overload. Yet we are never burdened by their weight but rather enriched by his thoughtfulness and delighted by his storytelling.

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  • ISBN-13: 9780820327341
  • Publisher: University of Georgia Press
  • Publication date: 5/28/2005
  • Pages: 240
  • Product dimensions: 5.60 (w) x 9.10 (h) x 0.90 (d)

Meet the Author

Thomas Rain Crowe is the author of eleven books of original and translated works, as well as a poet, translator, editor, publisher, and recording artist. He lives in Tuckasegee, North Carolina.

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Table of Contents

Acknowledgments xi
Foreword xiii
Returning 1
Solitude 8
Sun Time 17
The Wild Work 23
Johnson's Pond 29
Tools 36
Gathering Wood 44
Digging a Root Cellar 52
A Mountain Garden 60
The Pacifist and the Hunter 78
Fishing 85
Homebrew 93
Bees 99
Neighbors 110
Connemara 119
New Native 125
Cherokee 139
The New Naturalists 154
Animal Stories 166
Snowed In 179
A Walk in the Woods 186
Earthquake 194
When Legends Die 202
Afterword 210
Credits 219
About the Author 221
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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 29, 2013

    Moonlight Kurayami Myst

    Age: 18/race: human-wolf/looks: human – really pale, crimson eyes, silvery-blue hair, thin frame, always barefoot; wolf – silvery-blue fur, crimson eyes, thin frame, slighty aller than normal wolf; hybrid – human form with wolf ears and tail/devil fruit: Kage Tama no Mi(Shadow Soul Fruit), type – logia/history: She was born to a human mother and her father was a wolf who had eaten the Hito Hito no Mi(Human Human Fruit). Se is the second of two children with her older brother, Zaru. On her fourth birthday, she ate a devil fruit. At the age of eight, she and her brother were orphaned. At the age of twelve, she was on her own as her brother left with his friend, Gary, to become a pirate. At the age of sixteen, she was sold to a pirate and escaped soon after. She lived on the island he escaped to since and hasn't been back to her birthplace yet.

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  • Posted January 22, 2009

    living with nature in an Appalachian region

    The local legend and mountain sage of the Appalachians of western North Carolina Zoro Guice told the author, 'If a man goes out in the woods and just sits down in one place for long enough, all of nature and everything he needs to know will eventually pass before him like a parade.' And so Crowe--poet, publisher, and recording artist--took up residence in the Appalachians for four years, and writes about the 'parade.' As in Thoreau's 'Walden,' Crowe writes about how he subsisted in the wild and what he learned from this. But moving somewhat beyond 'Walden' in content and form, Crowe writes more about what goes on beyond himself; and some passages are in the form of verse. Not so meticulous or contained as 'Walden,' 'Zoro's Field' reflects on modernity's effects on the tie with nature, environmental concerns, and changes which have come to the area. Though different in ways from Thoreau's classic which it cannot help but be compared with, Crowe's work in this same genre holds its own as an engaging, thought-inducing memoir.

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