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The language of trees : a rewilding of literature and landscape / Katie Holten.

Holten, Katie, (author.).


"Inspired by forests, trees, leaves, roots, and seeds, The Language of Trees: A Rewilding of Literature and Landscape invites readers to discover an unexpected and imaginative language to better read and write the natural world around us and reclaim our relationship with it. In this gorgeously illustrated and deeply thoughtful collection, Katie Holten gifts readers her tree alphabet and uses it to masterfully translate and illuminate beloved lost and new original writing in praise of the natural world. With an introduction from Ross Gay, and featuring writings from over fifty contributors, including Ursula K. Le Guin, Ada Limón, Robert Macfarlane, Zadie Smith, Radiohead, Aimee Nezhukumatathil, James Gleick, Elizabeth Kolbert, Plato, and Robin Wall Kimmerer, Holten illustrates each selection with an abiding love and reverence for the magic of trees. She guides readers on a journey from "primeval atoms" and cave paintings to the death of a 3,500 year-old cypress tree, from Tree Clocks in Mongolia and forest fragments in the Amazon to the language of fossil poetry, unearthing a new way to see the natural beauty all around us and an urgent reminder of what could happen if we allow it to slip away. The Language of Trees considers our relationship with literature and landscape, resulting in an astonishing fusion of storytelling and art and a deeply beautiful celebration of trees through the ages"-- Provided by publisher.

Record details

  • ISBN: 9781953534682
  • ISBN: 1953534686
  • Physical Description: xiii, 303 pages : illustrations ; 24 cm
  • Edition: First US edition.
  • Publisher: Portland, Oregon : Tin House, 2023.

Content descriptions

Bibliography, etc. Note:
Includes bibliographical references.
Formatted Contents Note:
Introduction / Ross Gay -- Tree alphabet / Katie Holten -- Tree typeface (a rewilding tool) / Katie Holten -- Seeds, soil, saplings -- Ojibwe new year / Winona Laduke -- He who plants a tree plants hope / Lucy Larcom -- Michael Hamburger / Tacita Dean -- I am the seed of the free / Sojourner Truth -- Palas por pistolas / Pedro Reyes -- Acorn bread recipe / Lucy O'Hagan -- Buds, bark, branches -- Oak gall ink recipe / Rachael Hawkwind -- Branches, leaves, roots and trunks / Robert Macfarlane -- Tree theory, biogeography and branching / Brian J. Enquist -- Cultivating the courage to sin / Andrea Bowers -- Wrong trees / Zadie Smith -- Fractal vision / James Gleick -- Leaves & trunks -- It's the season I often mistake / Ada Limón -- from Why information grows / César A. Hidalgo -- Tree university / Futurefarmers -- from Funes, the memorious / Jorge Luis Borges -- Under a plane tree / Plato -- Fake plastic trees / Radiohead -- Trees breathe out, we breathe in / Luchita Hurtado -- Elm stand / Thomas Princen -- Exact opposite of distance / Irene Kopelman -- Innocence of trees / Agnes Martin -- Medicine of the tree people / Valerie Segrest -- Blad2/leaf 2 / Äse eg Jørgensen -- Flowers & fruits -- from Sketch of the analytical engine / Ada Lovelace -- An droighneán donn / Susan McKeown -- Tree with the apple tattoo / Nicola Twilley -- Millenniums of intervention / Amy Harmon -- Cacao: the world tree and her planetary mission / Jonathon Miller Weisberger -- Tree of life / Roz Naylor -- Forests -- Two trees make a forest / Jessica J. Lee -- Word for world is forest / Ursula K. Le Guin -- from How forests think / Eduardo Kohn -- from Forests / Gaia Vince -- Bewilderness / E.J. McAdams -- from Islands on dry land / Elizabeth Kolbert -- Ghost forest / Forrest Gander and Katie Holten -- Family trees -- Being / Tanya Winder -- Brutes: meditations on the myth of the voiceless / Amitav Ghosh -- Tropic cascade / Camille T. Dungy -- Catalpa tree / Aimee Nezhukumatathil -- Notes for a salmon creek farm revival / Fritz Haeg -- We are the ark / Mary Reynolds -- Among trees / Carl Phillips -- Mother trees / Suzanne Simard -- Tree time -- Tree clocks and climate change / Nicole Davi -- from Alphabet / Inger Christensen -- Horse chestnut / Charles Gaines -- Future library / Katie Paterson -- Liberty trees / Robert Sullivan -- January 23, 2015 / Andrea Zittel -- A matter of time / Amy Franceschini -- All the time in the world / Rachel Sussman -- Tree people -- Mujer Waorani/Waorani women / Nemo Andy Guiquita -- Tress x office / Natalie Jeremijenko -- This is not out world with trees in it / Richard Powers -- I want to be a tree / Sumana Roy -- What's happening? / [extinction symbol] -- Declaration of interbeing / Kinari Webb -- Why are there no trees in paleolithic cave drawings? / William Corwin and Colin Renfrew -- Speaking of nature / Robin Wall Kimmerer -- "Joy is such a human madness": the duff between us / Ross Gay -- Of trees in pain; in teeth; in wood; in sheet-iron; in stone; in mountains; in stars / Aengus Woods -- Legere and βιβλιοθήκη: the library as idea and space / Anna-Sophie Springer -- Lessons from fungi / Toby Kiers -- They carry us with them: the great tree migration / Chelsea Steinauer-Scudder -- After trees -- Afterword: another world is possible / Katie Holten.
Subject: Trees > Literary collections.
Forests and forestry > Literary collections.
Trees in literature.
Trees in art.
Genre: Literature.

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