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Unchopping a Tree
by W. S. Merwin and Liz Ward


Overview - There s no mystery to chopping down a tree. But how do you put back together a tree that s been felled? Mystical instructions are required, and that s what W. S. Merwin provides in his prose piece Unchopping a Tree, appearing for the first time in a self-contained volume.  Read more...

 
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Overview
There s no mystery to chopping down a tree. But how do you put back together a tree that s been felled? Mystical instructions are required, and that s what W. S. Merwin provides in his prose piece Unchopping a Tree, appearing for the first time in a self-contained volume. Written with a poet s grace, an ecologist s insights, and a Buddhist s reverence for life, this elegant work describes the difficult, sacred job of reconstructing a tree. Step by step, page by page, with Merwin s humble authority, secrets are revealed, and the destroyed tree rises from the forest floor. "Unchopping a Tree" opens with simplicity and grace: Start with the leaves, the small twigs, and the nest that have been shaken, ripped, or broken off by the fall; these must be gathered and attached once again to their respective places. W. S. Merwin, like many conservationists, is quick to say: When we destroy the so-called natural world around us we re simply destroying ourselves. And I think it s irreversible. Thus the tree takes on a scale that begs the reader s compassion, and one tree is a parable for the restoration of all nature."

 
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  • ISBN-13: 9781595341877
  • ISBN-10: 1595341870
  • Publisher: Trinity University Press
  • Publish Date: February 2014
  • Page Count: 45


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Books > Nature > Essays
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