Green Is the Orator

Green Is the Orator

Green Is the Orator

Green Is the Orator

Synopsis

Green is the Orator follows on Sarah Gridley's brilliant first collection, Weather Eye Open, in addressing the challenge of representing nature through language. Gridley's deftly original syntax arises from direct experience of the natural world and from encounters with other texts, including the Egyptian "Book of the Dead" and the writings of Charles Darwin, Peter Mark Roget, William Morris, William James, and Henri Bergson. Gridley's own idiom is compressed, original, and full of unexpected pleasures. This unusual book, at once austere and full of life, reflects a penetrating mind at work--one that is thinking through and re-presenting romantic and modernist traditions of nature.

Excerpt

About the star-cold abundance of August sand— this spell of my two hands working in the dark I liken to the feeling of your two hands working behind me, or your two hands coming before me in the white mirth of bright drapes, white lengths the wind sends in salt-light through the feeling your two hands have in coming to find me.

There are things I liken to crossbeams inside of things I call politeness, things I liken to super- intendence, seashells, pale hosts of erosions, fadings I liken to insight. There in the window of your soloist house, I think that nothing is holding up

This thought that is feeling you moving.

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