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Waist Deep in Black Water

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By Lane, John

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John Lane has scaled a granite dome in the Suriname rain forest and shadowed crocodiles in a Yucatan mangrove thicket. This collection of his writings ranges from wilderness exploration, to conservation issues, to explorations of family history in Spartanburg, South Carolina.

ISBN 9780820324616
Published 30 November 2002 by Inbooks
Format Hardback, New title
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ISBN-13 9780820324616
ISBN-10 0820324612
Stock Available
Status Internationally sourced; usually ships 2-3 weeks
Publisher Inbooks
Imprint University of Georgia Press
Publication Date 30 November 2002
International Publication Date 11 November 2002
Publication Country United States United States
Format Hardback, New title
Edition New title
Author(s) By Lane, John
Category Essays, Journals, Letters & Other Prose Works
The Environment
Natural History, Country Life & Pets
Travel Writing
Number of Pages 208
Dimensions Width: 140mm
Height: 216mm
Spine: 21mm
Weight 386g
Interest Age General Audience
Reading Age General Audience
Library of Congress Nature, Lane, John - Travel, Lane, John
NBS Text Travel Writing
ONIX Text General/trade;College/higher education;Professional and scholarly
Dewey Code 508.73
Catalogue Code Not specified

Description of this Book

John Lane has scaled a granite dome in the Suriname rain forest and waded past cottonmouths in the heart of a Florida cypress swamp. He has shadowed crocodiles in a Yucatan mangrove thicket and paddled the rapids of North Carolina's Tuckaseegee River in search of a drowned kayaker. Waist Deep in Black Water offers a collection of Lane's own writings that range from wilderness exploration, to conservation issues, to explorations of family history in Spartanburg, South Carolina. Lane's trek to the Medicine Wheel National Historic Landmark in Wyoming becomes an occasion to draw connections between religion, sexuality, and mountain lore. A hike into Kentucky's Red River Gorge prompts a meditation on the words and spirit of Wendell Berry, who helped prevent the gorge from being dammed. Some of Lane's writings are set closer to home, where the South Carolina hills meet the Blue Ridge. In Something Rare as a Dwarf-Flowered Heartleaf, Lane recounts his campaign to stop the development of a woodland area within Spartanburg's city limits. Family issues also surface, as in Confluence: Pacolet River. Here Lane kayaks through country where his family has lived for generations as he reckons the distances between himself and his farming, millworking forebears. Something is always at stake wherever Lane takes us: a stand of old-growth trees, a primate population, a friendship, a soul. Lane bestows loving attention on the places and people he visits in this collection and, in the process, goes beyond the traditional concerns of nature and travel writing. Readers of Waist Deep in Black Water will find a wise friend and a faithful guide in John Lane.

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Awards, Reviews & Star Ratings

NZ Review Let this author take you away from the cacophony of the modern world to the wild places--eons-old settings that remain unchanged. . . . Lane's collection of eighteen outdoor essays features exquisite descriptions that recall the beauty and mystery of the earth as it must have been in raw and unfettered times. . . . For those seeking escape from the crush of contemporary times, this book leads to sanctuary. -- Southern Living
US Review Concise forays into the heart of places scattered throughout the Americas and within his family's history, from poet Lane (Weed Time, not reviewed). These self-contained essays follow Lane as he takes in passing landscapes as well as his home one in the South Carolina piedmont. If he is afield-visiting a medicine wheel in Wyoming, the edenic granite inselbergs of Suriname, a waterway thick with crocodiles in Mexico-he bones up on the place's literature, ever wary that it's someone else's imagination at work ( the imagination, I fear, is not as immediate as walking a stretch of good, hard country that's new to you ). He tries to get into a place intuitively, to hunt and gather his won reactions, happy to know, say, about the Mayan sense of time ( Circles revolving within larger circles, some with a radius of 54,000 years ) but not disappointed when he can't slip into the mindset. Around his home patch, he is eager to understand its watershed thinking, Gary Snyder's approach, vulnerable to its visceral impact. He fights to preserve a Girl Scout camp, 56 acres of wilderness-within the confines of a city limit-that holds an endangered species: the dwarf-flowered heartleaf, which like Camp Mary Elizabeth, flourishes only as long as it does not push up into the light. There's a slow poke down a local piedmont stream, where Lane is stung by the darkest nostalgia when I see the bricked-up windows of the old mill, and there are slow ambles into the brittle emotional landscape of family: My father's death placed me psychologically: I am the son of a suicide. I live in a place of abandonment . . . the weather is never predictable. Lane has a fluid eye in a world where time moves in more than one direction and no landscape holds steady for long, and it's energizing to see through that eye, open as it is to both light and darkness. (Kirkus Reviews)

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Author's Bio

John Lane has been published in American Whitewater, Southern Review, Terra Nova, and Fourth Genre. In addition, he has been anthologized in The Heart of America and A Year in Place. His books include several volumes of poetry and Weed Time, a gathering of his essays. Lane is an associate professor of English at Wofford College, in Spartanburg, South Carolina.

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