Woolgathering

Woolgathering

Book - 2011
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A great book about becoming an artist, Woolgathering tells of a youngster finding herself as she learns the noble vocation of woolgathering, "a worthy calling that seemed a good job for me." She discovers--often at night, often in nature--the pleasures of rescuing "a fleeting thought." Deeply moving, Wool- gathering calls up our own memories, as the child "glimpses and gleans, piecing together a crazy quilt of truths." Smith introduces us to her tribe, "a race of cloud dwellers," and to the fierce, vital pleasures of cloud watching and stargazing and wandering.A radiant new autobiographical piece, "Two Worlds" (which was not in the original 1992 Hanuman edition of Woolgathering), and the author's photographs and illustrations are also included. Woolgathering celebrates the sacred nature of creation with Smith's beautiful style, acclaimed as "glorious" (NPR), "spellbinding" (Booklist), "rare and ferocious" (Salon), and "shockingly beautiful" (New York Magazine).
Publisher: New York : New Directions, 2011.
ISBN: 9780811219440
0811219445
Branch Call Number: 811.54 SMITH P
Characteristics: xii, 80 pages : illustrations ; 19 cm.

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The ending is full of hope, the beginning intriguing, and the middle bits mysterious. Because I'm not a poet I could only follow her words so far at times and while I was reading I watched the words fly off the page without me. Loved the chapter "Indian Rubies" and this beautiful paragraph: ..."It [ruby] frightened and inspired, and I kept it in my sack, a waxed yellow packet the size and shape of a razor blade. I'd stop and take it out and look at it. I did this so often it was no longer necessary to see what I was looking at. And because of that I can not say for certain when it disappeared."...

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