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Heartwood: Meditations on Southern Oaks Hardcover – November 1, 1998


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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 80 pages
  • Publisher: Bulfinch; 1 edition (November 1, 1998)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0821225316
  • ISBN-13: 978-0821225318
  • Product Dimensions: 0.4 x 7.9 x 6.5 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.2 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #723,725 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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17 of 17 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on December 31, 1998
Format: Hardcover
by Frederick and Mary Ann Brussat -- from the web site.
This truly beautiful gift book contains duotone photographs by William Guion of Southern live oaks. He has been reverencing them in his native Louisiana for more than 15 years. In the introduction, Guion refers to the spiritual significance of oaks to Greeks, Celts, and Native Americans. He appreciates them a wise elders and profound spiritual teachers. Guion's evocative photographs reveal how the trees seem to draw out and convey the spirit of a place whether standing in state parks, plantations, or gardens. There are oak alleys, oaks caught in the diffuse haze of early morning, oaks with branches intertwining in the shadows, solitary oaks poised like sentries in the middle of fields. The light as it plays on the branches and illuminates the areas around the oaks is another theme worth your attention. Alongside these oaks are 30 brief poems by the Sufi mystical poet Rumi, with translations by poet Coleman Barks in collaboration with Persian scholar John Moyne. Guion, who has been a teacher of Transcendental Meditation for almost 20 years, has perfectly matched these poems and the varied trees with themes such as longing, love, mystery, gratitude, eternity sacredness, and silence. Our favorite, a leaning oak reflected in a pond-it appears on the hardcover jacket of our book "Spiritua Literacy"--is complemented by a Rumi quatrain including the lines "Turn as the earth and the moon turn, / circling what they love." This enchanting book draws a bead on the deep connection between nature and the soul's delight. It would make a wonderful gift for any lover of trees or poetry. Guion lives in Utah where he is working on future book projects utilizing his photographs and writing.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Mark S. Watson on May 24, 2010
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Don't be fooled by the prices. This is not a coffee table book. It measures about 6x7 inches. The pictures are fantastic though and they are accompanied nicely by excerpts from Rumi.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Montana "G" on November 16, 2009
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I have this book on my coffee table. This artist takes wonderful photographs of Loisiana's oak trees. Looking forward to his next book. I have five of this artist photographs hanging and the book is a beautiful compliment to them when people ask about the artist.
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By Joe@VB Florida on January 17, 2014
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I found this book to be a fine example of a very thoughtful and inspirational combination of words (poetry) and images (photography).
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