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- Print Length: 176 pages
- Publisher: Goose Lane Editions; Reissue edition (October 7, 2014)
- Publication Date: October 7, 2014
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- Language: English
- ASIN: B00MJ13N7A
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"Beth Powning's sensuous photographs and pure, powerful prose lure us into their embrace, laying bare our desire for a union with the natural world. This is the work of a gifted artist."
--Courtney Milne, Sacred Places in North America
"Quite simply, this book is the most evocative marriage of works and photographs I have ever been privileged to experience. From her acute and powerful observation of her physical surroundings, Beth Powning creates images that resonate in the soul."
--Freeman Patterson, Photography and the Art of Seeing -- Review --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
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In paperback for the first time, Home is a powerful celebration of the search for the spirit of home in nature, as well as the memoir of a woman's relationship with the land, as its mysteries, pleasures, and terrors unfold before her.
Brought to life with seventy-five sensuous color photographs taken by the author, and filled with rare insights into the natural world, this story will strike a resonant chord in anyone who has yearned for a simpler life. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
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You would think a writer improves with practice (and we do) but here is Beth Powning almost twenty years ago writing with lyricism, honesty and originality. Having read Powning's other books, I can see the beginnings of them here. At night, lying in bed, she feels as if she's "in the cabin of a ship; the hills and fields rise around me like dark seas and I feel secure . . . " Those thoughts could have been her first gleanings about The Sea Captain's Wife, a novel published in 2010.
In a review of Edge Seasons, Powning's memoir published in 2005, poet and memoirist Patrick Lane said: "There are few writers who can evoke the wild world with such intensity and originality." The same can be said of this book written before Edge Seasons (and another memoir called Shadow Child: An Apprenticeship in Love and Loss). She refers to those edges or "space between" in Home. "All day long, I felt a peculiar passivity; in the space between the end of one era, and the start of another." And when Powning plants a vegetable garden she finds "a stage between vision and truth, when I suddenly doubt my faith."
Powning's full-color photographs accompany the prose and our walk with the author. It was Powning's camera ("microscope, wand, sacred text") that helped her to look at her world "in reverence and wonder." It was photography that brought her back to writing after her literary agent's letters "became boozily incoherent." The photographs are exquisite close-ups of the details of plants and meditative images of the landscape and the sky. Nature was no longer separate. Powning had found her subject in the grass and the spring's birdsong and found she was where she belonged.
"It takes a long time for roots to grow," Beth Powning says. It took twenty years for her to realize "this place" as home. It became so through the small events of the natural world" that offered comfort "with a kind of transcendent familiarity, an ancient re-awakening."
If there's a difference between prose and poetry, I couldn't find it here. Powning felt exposed under "so much sky" and dreamed of what could be planted on the farm. "I needed to frame the sky before I could love its serenity."
Beth Powning decided she would be an author when she was eight years old. How fortunate we are that she did. As for "home," you have to "weave it, thread by thread."
by Mary Ann Moore
for Story Circle Book Reviews
reviewing books by, for, and about women