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Sisters of the Earth: Women's Prose and Poetry About Nature

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Sisters of the Earth is a stirring collection of women’s writing on nature: Nature as healer. Nature as delight. Nature as mother and sister. Nature as victim. Nature as companion and reminder of what is wild in us all. Here, among more than a hundred poets and prose writers, are Diane Ackerman on the opium of sunsets; Ursula K. Le Guin envisioning an alternative world in ...more
Paperback, 496 pages
Published December 9th 2003 by Vintage (first published 1991)
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Every author in this anthology has experienced a closeness to the natural world. The entries that speak most profoundly to me offer an experience of wildness in the midst of the ordinary, everyday world. Mary Donahue follows "a V of honkers" to the northland. I have often tried to imagine the world as it looks to flying geese. I wonder where they are going, what it would be like to fly with them. Judith Minty writes of "those cats of mine"; the enigma of living with a creature who is one moment ...more
Tanya Sousa
Lorraine Anderson did a wonderful job collecting nature-related writings by talented women authors. I savored each page and loved the diversity of choices as I enjoy the diversity in life itself. I loved it so much I looked her up and sent her a message - she said she's coming out with other collections soon. When she does, I'll be sure to read them!
Jan 22, 2009 Lee marked it as to-read
So far, I am LOVING this book! A lovely collection of essays and poetry...perfect for when I can only read for 15-20 minutes. I will be exploring Helen Hoover's writing after finding her in these pages!
Deb Weina
Wonderful book of women's prose & poetry about the earth and wilderness. A woman's love for earth and her bookshelf should have this book!!! I refer to this jewel often.
Beth Britnell
This is my all-time favorite non-fiction book ... I absolutely love it. "Christmas in Driftwood Valley" especially ... I think I've read it probably 2 dozen times.
Tom Mueller
For a beautiful review, see:

In the book's acknowledgments, I read of a course offered by Stanford; "Women and Ecology", which gives me yet another inducement to pursue some 'non-degree seeking' course work.
Some of my favorite classical authors such as Marjorie Kinnan Rawlings, Rachael Carson and Willa Cather are among the more than 100 authors represented in Lorraine Anderson's compilation. Contempory authors include such stand-bys as Terry Tempest Willia
Rebecca Garcia
the back cover reads in part, "A stirring collection of women's writing on nature: Nature as healer. Nature as delight. Nature as mother & sister. Nature as victim. Nature as companion & reminder of what is wild in us all." this book is all that and more. it's a collection of pieces from more than 100 women poets, prose writers and authors who provide poems, essays, stories, & journal entries which span centuries. A wonderful addition to anyone's library with writers such as Emily Di ...more
Tina Cipolla
Absolutely excellent! I picked up this book in the Yosemite bookstore. One could not ask for a better read on a weeklong journey through Yosemite. I found so many writers in here that I want to read more of, some I'm familiar with, some not, but I cannot think of a better trove of new material to read. Be prepared for the full gamut of emotions from joy, and sighs of delight straight on down to despair and rage and everything in between. This book is an emotional roller coaster but well worth th ...more
Alexa Mergen
This book influenced me so much that years after reading it I interviewed the author, and women poets writing about the natural world, for this essay in Her Circle.
This is a treasure of deep ecology from the perspective of women writes from the early 1900's to today. This book is more pose than poetry but well worth exploring the authors that have observed nature, protested against its destruction and found nature as a means to heal.
Kelly Lynn Thomas
Reading for my Ecofeminist Literature class. Some good stuff, but a lot of it is just pulled from wherever, and there are many incomplete pieces. I prefer anthologies with complete essays/short stories, personally, so this didn't quite do it for me.
Love this book. Worth the money just for Linda Hogan's additions. I've carried this book with me for years. One of those well-worn books that you always seem to go back to...
I have to credit my sister-in-law Jennifer for finding this book for me.
It is a very centering book.
One of my all-time favorite collections.
Kathy Kayser-konig
Excellent collection of stories!!
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“Nature offers us a thousand simple pleasers- Plays of light and color, fragrance in the air, the sun's warmth on skin and muscle, the audible rhythm of life's stir and push- for the price of merely paying attention. What joy! But how unwilling or unable many of us are to pay this price in an age when manufactured sources of stimulation and pleasure are everywhere at hand. For me, enjoying nature's pleasures takes conscious choice, a choice to slow down to seed time or rock time, to still the clamoring ego, to set aside plans and busyness, and to simply to be present in my body, to offer myself up.

Respond to the above quote. Pay special attention to each of your five senses as you describe your surroundings. Also, you need to incorporate at least one metaphor and smile in your descriptions.”
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