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Coming into Animal Presence

By author: John Lane
Product Code: P660
ISBN: 9780881468717
Publisher: Mercer University Press
Availability: In stock
Price: $20.00

John Lane continues his exploration of the intersection of the human imagination with the world of other animals in a companion volume to COYOTE SETTLES THE SOUTH (2016) and NEIGHBORHOOD HAWKS (2019). Each of these fifteen pieces--some more formal essays, some journalism, and some stories of Lane's encounters with wild animals in wild places--explores the diversity and the mystery of what's often been called "the more than human world." In each piece there is always animal presence, sometimes central and sometimes peripheral. In one piece the Columbian mammoth comes back to trouble the contemporary political landscape of South Carolina. In another, he ponders the fate of a wing-shot goose finding a last refuge in the Lane family's tiny frog pond. In another, Lane ventures into an abandoned Zimbabwean gold mine alone to check on the status of a common genet, a shy carnivore.
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Review by: Elizabeth Dodd, author of PROSPECT - January 2, 2023
"In this warm-spirited book of essays, John Lane's good-humored love for the natural world turns toward retrospection. Fossils--'talismans of time,' he calls them; tales from collecting trips and field work; reminiscences of both texts and friendships that transcend the 'shallow time' of daily life--Lane considers all these, sifting through more than four decades' worth of his deep love for the evolved, evolving world. Attentive to the wild and humane at heart, this is a lovely book."
Review by: Hal Herzog, author of SOME WE LOVE, SOME WE HATE, SOME WE EAT - January 2, 2023
"Part memoir, part travel log, part adventures in field biology, this collection is a moving reflection on the roles of animals in human psychological and spiritual life. John Lane views the natural world through the eyes of a poet. He is a modern-day Henry Thoreau, and the swamps, woodlands, and rivers of the American South are his Walden Pond."
Review by: Brent Martin, author of GEORGE MASA'S WILD VISION - January 2, 2023
"This collection is the result of an attentive life spent in humility before creation--a storied meditation on presence among the many under-appreciated creatures with which we share existence. In a time when world weariness is the norm, John Lane reminds us of our unique gift as a species to join hands, fins, paws, and claws together."

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