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Tues. Apr. 15: Ringing Here and There: A Nature Calendar

Brian BartlettRINGING HERE & THERE: A NATURE CALENDAR
By Brian Bartlett
Book Launch & Reading Tues, Apr 15, 7:00 pm
Spring Garden Road Memorial Library

From back cover of book, published by Fitzhenry & Whiteside:

In this, his first book of prose, Canadian poet Brian Bartlett offers
a daily diary from spring to spring. In the tradition of John Clare’s
notebooks and letters, Henry David Thoreau’s journals, and Annie
Dillard’s Pilgrim at Tinker Creek, Bartlett looks at his surroundings
with a poet’s eye for detail, his ear attuned to the ringings of the
natural world. Grounded in Nova Scotia, but reflecting travels further
afield to Alberta, Nebraska, New York City and Ireland, the entries
take on the qualities of field reports, sketches, commentaries,
tributes and laments, quotations and collages. Over 366 daily entries,
Bartlett shows that the resonance between human life and nature is
there waiting to be heard.

“The days are gods,” wrote Ralph Waldo Emerson. In this book of days,
Bartlett, one of the country’s finest nature poets, adapts a savvy
Internet Age form to reconnect us to the natural world, the true
cradle of human consciousness. By turns playful and serious, engaging
and wholly engaged, this book is an inspired antidote to the wired
word of social ephemera.
— Harry Thurston, author of The Atlantic Coast: A Natural History and
Animals of My Own Kind: New and Selected Poems

Reading Brian Bartlett’s book made me want to open my eyes and ears
and heart whenever I stepped out the door. He bears witness to a
forgotten truth that we could awaken to each morning if we chose:
namely, that our days are not faceless units of time to be plied or
hoarded like commodities; they are gifts to be received and fostered
in the same spirit of lavish grace in which they come to us.
— Trevor Heriot, author of River in a Dry Land and Grass, Sky, Song:
Promise and Peril in the World of Grassland Birds