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So Quietly the Earth
David Lee
$15.00 paperback
1-55659-204-3
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So Quietly the Earth
utah, southwest, rural, canyon, environmental, elegaic
David Lee

Named to the "Best Books of the Year" list by the New York Public Library

Recipient of the Ward Roylance Award from the Entrada Institute for "Increasing appreciation and understanding of the Colorado Plateau"

For the past thirty years David Lee has been writing narratives in the voices of the people of the rural southwest. In this new collection, he turns to odes and landscape meditations to explore and braid his theological, philosophical, and environmental beliefs. Set in the American southwest, the book is divided into four sections following the archetypal elements of earth, fire, water and air. Each section begins at dawn and works its way through the day using the motif of a walking journey. A book of elegiac geography, So Quietly the Earth opens and closes with requiems and explores the beauty, grace and destruction of a planet pushed towards extinction.

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Named to the "Best Books of the Year" list by the New York Public Library

The Ward Roylance Award from the Entrada Institute for "Increasing appreciation and understanding of the Colorado Plateau."

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For So Quietly the Earth, David Lee

"This is [Lee's] fifteenth book of poetry and the first to explore what has always been in the background of his work—the landscape of the American Southwest. This book is his effort to honor the heartbreaking beauty and despair for the destruction of his beloved homeland. The book is divided into four sections, or basic elements, consisting of earth, fire, water and air. Beginning at dawn and continuing through the day in a walking journey, the reader is treated to Lee's theological, philosophical, and environmental meditations. The book opens and closes with a requiem and provides landscape portraits that reach far beyond the traditional regional poetry. Lee simply sees things 'out there' commonly missed by others."—Tulsa World

"Even if the reader is expecting another David Lee that they find here, his creations are unmistakably bursting with life and meaning and are intensely provocative... The collection is compelling and lively. It personifies a newly matured David Lee, who writes with a cause but without losing the most memorable and most human aspects of his work."—Deseret Morning News

"In So Quietly the Earth, David Lee hears nature speaking through the landscape of the Southwest. It is a conversation that teases all the senses."—Home News Tribune

"Lee's poems portray the landscape through elemental earth, fire, water, air. Step into the rural, into the wilds through elegant, lucid images."—Lovin' Life After 50

"So Quietly the Earth is a nimble collection of poetry."—Standard Examiner

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