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On Nature's Terms: Contemporary Voices (Louise Lindsey Merrick Natural Environment)by Thomas J. Lyon
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Outside, where the wind is blowing, we see the world on nature’s terms, and we see that it is severely endangered. Turning inward, we seek a sense of connection with nature that could perhaps help us through the current environmental crisis. In this book, some of the most observant Americans of our day explore these outer and inner worlds in powerful pieces that show the vitality and range of contemporary nature writing. John Hay’s “A Faire Bay,” an original collection of thoughts on the pollution of the Chesapeake, opens the book, and Edward Hoagland’s “A Year as It Turns,” a group of short seasonal pieces that originally appeared as editorials in the New York Times, serves as the conclusion.
Some of the other authors represented here include Rick Bass, Marcia Bonta, Charles Bowden, Jean Craighead George, Barry Lopez, Gary Snyder, and Terry Tempest Williams. Whether swimming with dolphins in the Florida Keys or stalking deer with the mountain lions, these authors experience and reflect on the terms nature sets and the terms we set for nature. With them, we discover the importance of the jack pine in the Boundary Waters, uncover the hidden beauty of Sonoran cacti, explore the very alive world of a Pennsylvania winter, visit the startling silences of the Canadian River Gorge in the Southwest, experience the breathtaking world of life on arctic ice, and view Venus at daybreak from the Grand Canyon. These are stories of place, and of family and friends, both human and nonhuman. They are tales of understanding and coming to terms with the world around us.
About the Author
Thomas J. Lyon has taught at Utah State University since 1964. The Utah Wilderness Association and Bridgerland Audubon Society have honored him with conservation awards, and he has won teaching and research awards at Utah State. He edits the journal Western American Literature. He was senior editor of A Literary History of the American West (1987) and editor of This Incomperable Lande: A Book of American Nature Writing (1989).
Peter Stine has a bachelor's degree from Amherst College and a doctorate from the University of California Berkeley. He has taught at Wayne State University and the University of Michigan, and he is currently the editor of Witness magazine. He is the author of literary essays on Ernest Hemingway, Franz Kafka, Joseph Conrad, and Isaac Babel.
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