Barbara Hurd’s Listening to the Savage weaves rich explorations of science, history, mythology, literature, and music. The listening of the book delineates and champions a kind of attentiveness to what is not easily heard and is written in language that is as precise as it is poetic, providing original ways of engagement in the natural world.
As in Hurd’s other books, the previously unknown or the barely known becomeless mysterious but still retain the quality of mystery. The book presumes that nature is a mix of the chaotic and the wondrous. It addresses worry and advocacyworry about our carelessness that can destroy the balance of that mix and a cry for us to pay more attention to humanity’s relationship to natural history.
Listen, be alert, it says without hectoring. Rivers, ferns, streams, birds all have a life that is delicate and worth preserving. Barbara Hurd is one of our finest environmental writers, and this book will please the choir and persuade those on the ambivalent edge.
|Publisher:||University of Georgia Press|
|Product dimensions:||6.10(w) x 9.10(h) x 0.60(d)|
About the Author
BARBARA HURD is the author of Stirring the Mud, Entering the Stone, Walking the Wrack Line, and a collection of poetry, The Singer’s Temple. Her work has appeared in Best American Essays, the Yale Review, the Georgia Review, Orion, and Audubon. She is the recipient of an NEA Fellowship for Creative Nonfiction, winner of the Sierra Club’s National Nature Writing Award, five PushcartPrizes, five Maryland State Arts Council Awards, and a 2015 Guggenheim Fellowship. She teaches in the MFA in Writing Program at the Vermont College of Fine Arts.
Table of Contents
1 The Ear Is a Lonely Hunter 1
2 For the Record 13
3 Mile 2: Just Upstream from the Mouth 20
4 Dissonance 22
5 Mile 11: Below "The Elbow" 32
6 To Keep an Ear to the Ground 33
7 Mile 13: Near Warnick's Point 40
8 A True Seer Hears 41
9 Listening to the Same River Twice: Theme and Variations 48
10 Keys 59
11 Mile 15: Below Pea Ridge 78
12 Whose Story Is This? 80
13 Mile 20: At the Confluence with Elk Lick 87
14 Overhearing 88
15 Wanting Not to Be Heard 94
16 Mile 20.5: Under the Mt. Aetna Bridge 102
17 Scales 103
18 Mile 22: Near Carey Run 112
19 Practicing 113
20 Polyphony 121
21 Mile 29: At the Headwaters 129