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Earth & Eros

A Celebration in Words and Photographs
Paperback Book
Publisher: 
White Cloud Press
 | 
November, 2015
ISBN:
9781940468280
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In the tradition of The Sense of Wonder by Rachel Carson and On the Loose by Terry and Renny Russell, Earth & Eros combines words and photographs to inspire readers to deepen their felt connection with the good Earth. The book awakens readers to the full force of eros—life force that connects us to our bodies, other humans, all living beings, and the Earth as a living being. Intended as an antidote to an age obsessed by speed, screens, and machines, this book brings together previously published—and magnificently selected—prose and poetry with 25 fine art landscape photographs to explore the sacred erotic dimension of humans’ relationship to the Earth.

You will find here poems and prose pieces that weave together images of the natural world with the language of desire. These words celebrate a sensuality that honors the earth and flesh as sacred… “our erotic embrace with the flesh of the world.” They acknowledge the erotic as a force of nature, channeled through the untamed land, the unpredictable elements, the unbridled emotions, the unruly body.
 

The accompanying photographs reveal the sensual beauty of the planet we inhabit, our larger body. They call us to recognize the deep, freely available wellspring of pleasure, satisfaction, and fullness we can drink from whenever we choose to pay attention. Simply by opening our senses and feeling ourselves to be part of the natural world around us, we can begin to heal, to regain wholeness, to take communion.

from the preface by Lorraine Anderson

The writings in Earth & Eros were chosen for their brevity, readability, beauty, and potency, and the photographs for their sensuality. Readers engage with writers such as David James Duncan, Hart Crane, Diane Ackerman, Sherman Alexie, D. H. Lawrence, Mary Oliver, and Pablo Neruda. Some of the pieces of writing are explicitly sexual, while others appreciate the sensuality of tree limbs, seeping water, mushrooms, and ferns. Earth and Eros is beautifully produced and a pleasure to hold and to look at, a book to read and reread slowly, out loud.

To be in relation to everything around us, below us, earth, sky, bones, blood, flesh, is to see the world whole, even holy… The lightning we witness crack and charge a night sky in the desert is the same electricity we feel in ourselves whenever we dare to touch flesh, rock, body, and earth.      —Terry Tempest Williams

Publisher’s Description: 

In the tradition of The Sense of Wonder by Rachel Carson and On the Loose by Terry and Renny Russell, Earth & Eros combines words and photographs to inspire readers to deepen their connection with the good Earth. The book awakens readers to the full force of eros - life force that connects us to our bodies, other humans, all living beings, and the Earth as a living being. Intended as an antidote to an age obsessed by speed, screens, and machines, this book brings together previously published prose and poetry with 25 fine art landscape photographs to explore the sacred erotic dimension of humans' relationship to the Earth. The writings in Earth & Eros were chosen for their brevity, readability, beauty, and potency, and the photographs for their sensuality. Readers engage with writers such as David James Duncan, Hart Crane, Diane Ackerman, Sherman Alexie, D. H. Lawrence, Mary Oliver, and Pablo Neruda. Some of the pieces of writing are explicitly sexual, while others appreciate the sensuality of tree limbs, seeping water, mushrooms, and ferns. Earth and Eros is beautifully produced and a pleasure to hold and to look at, a book to read andreread slowly, out loud.

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