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4.14  ·  Rating Details ·  29 Ratings  ·  3 Reviews
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Published by Scribner Book Company (first published 1973)
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Charles
Jul 24, 2010 Charles rated it liked it
Shelves: poetry
I love, love, love Loren Eiseley's naturalist essays. He is my favorite in that genre. But his poetry is not as good. It's good, mind you, but not nearly as powerful or as engaging as his essays. This collection was enjoyable but didn't light my fire except for two really really fine efforts, the very last poem, entitled "The Mist on the Mountain," and a poem on page 105 entitled "New Men, New Armor," which was worth reading through the whole book for.

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Apr 11, 2009 Jessica rated it really liked it
Loren Eiseley was a professional archeologist and paleontologist known more for his prose than his poetry. His poetry is both fun and insightful. Eiseley’s poems address how the natural world and the spiritual world reflect each other. This collection is along the lines of Mary Oliver or Annie Dillard.
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Not as good as The Start Thrower, or All the Night Wings, but still full of great poetry.
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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.
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