By John R. Campbell
A suite of forty four prose meditations encouraged by way of the transitory and bird-rich surroundings of the Klamath marshes at the Oregon/California border. "In order to just accept the big accountability that comes of being on this planet, we needs to first conceive, regardless of the entire hindrances, the nation of really being the world." it's hence that John R. Campbell got here to the Klamath marshes, a wetland in southern Oregon shaped through 3 old, shallow lakes, an enormous vacancy that's mockingly domestic to an grand variety of existence, of untold hundreds of thousands of birds either migratory and resident, of the entire interconnected existence types that make up one among North America's richest average environments. Absence and light-weight is Campbell's account of his exploration of the marshes and a meditation at the international he came across there, on his starting to be knowing of the actual, emotional, ethical, and aesthetic that means of that international, on his personal progress as a guy. via Campbell's eyes, we detect the stirring and fantastic great thing about the marshes and their creatures, and the utter poignancy in their fragility ahead of the heedless objectives of humankind. this is often nature writing at its such a lot profound and relocating, writing that during analyzing and defining the realm of nature is helping us to appreciate the very advanced and contradictory realities of being human. Campbell's luminous descriptions and mystical insights will lengthy linger within the reader's reminiscence.
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What I got instead was a throng rushing in every direction, swelling from within, ballooning and shredding simultaneously. How else might a man expand his mind? Only by this rending of his history to tatters that ¦ag in the wind. 40 absence and light meditation: thirteen In this chamber the pure sphere escapes the impure Because the thinker himself escapes. And yet To have evaded clouds and men leaves him A naked being with a naked will And everything to make. —Wallace Stevens, “An Ordinary Evening in New Haven” When nakedness opens into a full and inhabitable state of mind, a kind of purity that dešes description comes into view.
Absence And Light: Meditations From The Klamath Marshes (Environmental Arts and Humanities) by John R. Campbell