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Walking the Wrack Line: On Tidal Shifts and What Remains

Walking the Wrack Line: On Tidal Shifts and What Remains

by Barbara Hurd


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ISBN-13: 9780820331027
Publisher: University of Georgia Press
Publication date: 06/01/2008
Edition description: New Edition
Pages: 136
Sales rank: 960,473
Product dimensions: 5.50(w) x 8.25(h) x 0.63(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

Acknowledgments xv

1. Broken Oar: Preface 1
2. Wordwrack: Openings 8
3. Moon Snail: Unseemly Proportions 10
4. Egg: Breaking Out 13
5. Spider Crab: Disguise 17
6. Stones: Turning Points 25
7. Meiofauna, a Holy Man, and Singing Sand: Incoherence 34
8. Wentletrap: The Pleasures of Aversions 43
9. Lime Sea Glass: Transformations 48
10. Bottle and Feather: A Different Question 58
11. Beached Icebergs: Erasable Truths 65
12. Worms: The Persistence of Habits 68
13. Jellyfish: The Unfinished 71
14. Pebbles: Fine Distinctions 80
15. Purple Sailors: The Shape of Chance 93
16. Angel Wings: Missing Pieces 97
17. Driftwood: A Meditation on Soul 100
18. Bits of Clay, Glass, Wood: The Strange Attractor 103
19. Sea Stars: Return 113

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Alan Cheuse

There's scarcely anyone writing better about the natural world than the much-unheralded Barbara Hurd. In her book, WALKING THE WRACK LINE, Hurd turns her spare prose and lyrical powers of observation to shingle beaches, spider crabs, jellyfish, dead sailors and such landlocked matters as why Franz Schubert never finished his Symphony in B Minor, known as the Unfinished Symphony. (Alan Cheuse, National Public Radio)

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