I've Heard the Vultures Singing

I've Heard the Vultures Singing

Field Notes on Poetry, Illness, and Nature

Book - 2007
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"Poet Lucia Perillo, who once worked as a park ranger and was diagnosed with multiple sclerosis in her thirties, confronts the ironies of going from an outdoors person to someone who can no longer walk. Among other topics, these essays explore how poetry provides an alternative means of accessing nature"--Provided by publisher.
Publisher: San Antonio : Trinity University Press, c2007.
ISBN: 9781595340313
Characteristics: xi, 212 p. ;,22 cm.


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Jul 04, 2011

The voyeurism of first person narrative can be intense and disquieting, as it is from Lucia Perillo, writing about her 20 years with multiple sclerosis after a career as a naturalist and forest ranger. There is not one paragraph of sentimentality in this book. Perillo has no artifice in her nature, but instead looks at herself scientifically. She has chosen an apt quotation by Santayana to introduce her book. "Everything in nature is lyrical in its ideal essence, tragic in its fate, and comic in its existence." So what does it mean to be brave if we try not to muck it up with cheap sentiment? Isn't it Lucia Perillo remaining exactly who she is, using her considerable personal strength to remain an active poet and essayist, wheelchair trekking to observe bats, getting herself carried down a steep ravine to feel the sheltering woods again?
This is a compelling book of personal memoir, acutely observed nature studies and a quirky personality to be greatly enjoyed.

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