Notes Of An Alchemist
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Notes Of An Alchemist

4.21 of 5 stars 4.21  ·  rating details  ·  48 ratings  ·  5 reviews
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Paperback, 128 pages
Published February 1st 1974 by Scribner Book Company (first published January 1st 1972)
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I wish I could rate this collection higher but in all honesty, I am struggling justifying a 3 star rating.

I had heard of Eiseley before deciding to pick this up. I had passed this book upon the library shelves one too many times. I think I should have snagged some other type of collection and tested something else by Eiseley, such as any of his essays.

These poems are nice. That's about it. There are breaths here and there of beauty and awe, but nothing that blew my socks off. Eiseley's profound...more
S.D. Johnson
I came to know Loren Eiseley in the way most people do who are familiar with him - as a writer of general science books. Eiseley however wrote poems from the time he was a young man & continued on occasion to do so for the rest of his life. From a literary perspective the poems are very flawed. But certainly they are not like the ramblings of someone who occasionally will spin out something like a Hallmark verse. Eiseley's failings are those shared by many novice poets. He has a talent for s...more
Mathieu Debic
It is unfortunate that Loren Eiseley seems to have largely faded from the public eye (in the circles I inhabit, anyway, to my lasting chagrin), doubly unfortunate that so much of his work is out of print or difficult to find these days. He was a thoughtful, engaging and deep writer whose musings on life, death, Life, and Death, I feel still hide buried treasures for the inquisitive reader. Though fairly wide of Eiseley's usual mark of essays on scientific and emotional topics, this slim volume o...more
A wonderful poem inside about an old college mowing horse that disappears.

Poems about the formation of crystals, butterfly diet, the Oregon Trail, and other things, and always about how the thoughts of man compare to and float through nature.
I still like Eiseley's essays much better than his poetry but this was a pretty good collection. I give it four stars because there were several images or thoughts that he captured here that led directly to ideas for stories and poems of my own.
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Loren Corey Eiseley (September 3, 1907 – July 9, 1977) was a highly respected anthropologist, science writer, ecologist, and poet. He published books of essays, biography, and general science in the 1950s through the 1970s.

Eiseley is best known for the poetic essay style, called the "concealed essay". He used this to explain complex scientific ideas, such as human evolution, to the general public....more
More about Loren Eiseley...
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