ISBN: 9781931498746 Year Added to Catalog: 2005 Book Format: Paperback Number of Pages: 5 3/8 x 8 3/8, 168 pages Book Publisher: Chelsea Green Publishing Old ISBN: 1931498741 Release Date: March 25, 2005 Web Product ID: 61
Plato said that love is the desire and pursuit of wholeness, and the desire and pursuit of wholeness, wholeheartedly conducted, is Janisse Ray's great theme. Her vision of wholeness is external and internal, environmental and spiritual. The story of Pinhook Swamp is a rare one—not of further losses and further fragmentation, but of significant gains—a partial reconstituting of the teeming, magnificent pocosin and savannah country of northern Florida. Her prose commends and embodies the ardor, shrewdness, and courage that have fed the environmental movement from the first. And it always aims back at what we have never known, an uncompromised world.
—Franklin Burroughs, author of The River Home: A Return to the Carolina Low Country
Janisse Ray, award-winning author of Ecology of a Cracker Childhood and Wild Card Quilt, writes an evocative paean to wildness and wilderness restoration with an extraordinary journey into southern Georgia's Pinhook Swamp.
Pinhook Swamp acts as a vital watershed and wildlife corridor, a link between the great southern wildernesses of Okefenokee Swamp and Osceola National Forest. Together Okefenokee, Osceola, and Pinhook form one of the largest expanse of protected wild land east of the Mississippi River. This is one of America's last truly wild places, and Pinhook takes us into its heart.
Ray comes to know Pinhook intimately as she joins the fight to protect it, spending the night in the swamp, tasting honey made from its flowers, tracking wildlife, and talking to others about their relationship with the swamp. Ray sees Pinhook through the eyes of the people who live there--naturalists, beekeepers, homesteaders, hunters, and locals at the country store. In lyrical, down-home prose, she draws together the swamp's need for restoration and the human desire for wholeness and wildness in our own lives and landscapes.
About the Author
Writer, naturalist, and activist Janisse Ray is a seed-saver, seed-exchanger, and seed-banker, and has gardened for twenty-five years. She is the author of several books, including Pinhook and Ecology of a Cracker Childhood, a New York Times Notable Book. Ray is on the faculty of Chatham University's low-residency MFA program, and is a Woodrow Wilson Visiting Fellow. She has won a Southern Booksellers Award for Poetry, a Southeastern Booksellers Award for Nonfiction, an American Book Award, the Southern Environmental Law Center Award for Outstanding Writing, and a Southern Book Critics Circle Award. She attempts to live a simple, sustainable life ...