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Blending personal memoir with reportage, SURRENDER is a narrative nonfiction work on the changing landscape of the West and the scavenger, rewilder and ecosexual communities, inspired by a two-year stay in Montana. In the style of Barry Lopez and Annie Dillard, Joanna Pocock, the winner of the 2018 Fitzcarraldo Editions Essay Prize, explores the changing landscape of the W ...more
Paperback, 360 pages
Published May 15th 2019 by Fitzcarraldo Editions
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Jun 25, 2019 Krista rated it really liked it · review of another edition
I heard there was going to be an Ecosex Convergence in the woods of Washington state in June – our first summer in London since our return. It was to “bring together wild souls who express a love for Life by stewarding and merging with the Earth through the whole of their bodies, minds, and spirits”. The gathering was to be called “Surrender” and was described as “a cauldron for deep connection, healing, and collective creation where life is sacred, our bodies are sovereign, and the Earth is ou...more
An Irish-Canadian (via London, England) has a mid-life crisis in the American upper-mid-West (Missoula, Montana and environs) that coincides with our world-wide ecological collapse. Thoughtful, engaging, articulate, and intelligent, Pocock's book for the first half combines memoir with American history, natural and political. In the second half of the book, when Pocock returns to the American West without her husband and daughter, Pocock's book becomes increasingly intimate as her sense of self- ...more
Sometimes I’ll pick up a book to read (or in this case, order it,) just when I need it most. I can’t say there is a time when I think less about the environmental crises, and the impending deterioration of life on this planet,but I had just read The Guardian’s article about the US’s appetite for plastics, its shipments of recycling to other nations around the globe, most of whom cannot recycle all of their own plastics waste and/or hold lower standards of oversight and regulation. This news brou ...more
A favorite excerpt (among many reflections on landscape and on how place 'works' on us): "It is by watching the landscape that one learns it, not necessarily by knowing the names of things. Or put another way: should the naming of things arrive in tandem with our observation and understanding of the interaction of these things?"