By John R. Campbell

A set 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 simply accept the large accountability that comes of being on the earth, we needs to first conceive, regardless of all of the stumbling blocks, the country of really being the world." it truly is consequently that John R. Campbell got here to the Klamath marshes, a wetland in southern Oregon shaped via 3 historical, shallow lakes, an unlimited vacancy that's sarcastically domestic to an awesome variety of lifestyles, of untold hundreds of thousands of birds either migratory and resident, of the entire interconnected existence varieties that make up one among North America's richest typical environments. Absence and light-weight is Campbell's account of his exploration of the marshes and a meditation at the international he chanced on there, on his becoming knowing of the actual, emotional, ethical, and aesthetic that means of that global, on his personal progress as a guy. via Campbell's eyes, we notice the stirring and remarkable fantastic thing about the marshes and their creatures, and the utter poignancy in their fragility sooner than the heedless pursuits of humankind. this is often nature writing at its so much profound and relocating, writing that during studying and defining the realm of nature is helping us to appreciate the very complex 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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And their lives are more intricate than my limited experience suggests. Wordsworth described a specišc form of imagination: the assumed identity, where “the wish of the Poet [is] to bring his feelings near to those of the persons whose feelings he describes, nay, for short spaces of time, perhaps, to let himself slip into an entire delusion, and even confound and identify his own feeling with theirs . ” If the purpose of such delusion is to compassionately enter into other lives (rather than appropriate those lives for gain), then why not imagine the lives of ani- a b s e n c es mals as well?

Although at šrst attracted by abstract notions, I soon discover that the silver waters are real. They are shallow, transient, and cold. 22 absence and light meditation: six Now the yellow willows writhe along the ditches. Now they cradle a great horned owl, now they quiver at the departure of a hungry cormorant. Van Gogh knew; Pissarro knew. Monet knew the convoluted praise of such branches, how light can become tangled. Each tree is a lace of life, each twig a reaching. No tree is wooden. A night heron stands squat and perfectly still under the tendrils of the strange trees.

Van Gogh knew; Pissarro knew. Monet knew the convoluted praise of such branches, how light can become tangled. Each tree is a lace of life, each twig a reaching. No tree is wooden. A night heron stands squat and perfectly still under the tendrils of the strange trees. A slender šsh seeks their shade. The trees arrange themselves in rows, hugging the straight irrigation ditches like spectators at a small-town parade, gawking unself-consciously with their entire selves, with even the hidden roots that grope for water.

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