About 80 anthropomorphized but perceptive portraits from nature, often minimalist, often reading like prose poems:
This love letter, folded in two, is looking for a flowery address.
Highly recommended for self-care, then getting back to work.
I’VE JUST CROSSED A SUNBURNT plain and here they are.
They’re not growing beside the road; it’s too noisy. They’re living in uncultivated fields, by a spring, known only to the birds.
In the distance, they look impenetrable. As I come nearer, their trunks move apart.
They welcome me, warily. I may rest and cool down but I can sense that they’re watching me closely and cautiously.
It’s a family, the elders in the middle, surrounded by the youngsters whose first leaves have just been ...more
Recently I received this book in the post. The words were written by an author I’d never heard of and it was translated into a language I can’t understand… So why would I spend my money on a book like this? Two words. Luigi Serafini.
Many may be familiar with Serafini’s name for his most famous piece, the iconic Codex Seraphinianus, a compendium filled with bizarre and surreal illustrations of an imaginary world, annotated with text written in an indecipherable imaginary language. The Codex, orig...more
The writing is great. Simple and uncluttered, with a level of lyricism and poetry that gives the work a slightly otherworldly quality. It is like imagining your everyday life happenin ...more
Lying in Wait, p.3
Hunting for Pictures, p.5
Turkeys, p.5 "II. They are not afraid of rain (nobody ca life her skirts better than a turkey hen)..."
The Peacock, p.19
A Sunrise, p.84
The Butterfly, p.88 "This love letter, folded in two, is looking for a flowery address."
Monkeys, p.100 "...the zebra, a pattern for all the other zebras..."
The Stag, p.103
A Canary, p.120
The Parrot, p.133
A Family of Trees, p.151
More whimsical, but no less elegiac, than 'Sand Country Almanac' or 'Pilgrim at Tinker Creek' or 'Desert Solitaire', in its peaceful way.
Renard himself provides a beautiful way of considering his observations: "If I were to begin life again, I should want it as it was. I would only open my eyes a little more.”
Highly, highly recommended for a quiet moment's read!