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The Blossoms Are Ghosts At The Wedding

The Blossoms Are Ghosts At The Wedding

Literary Nonfiction. Poetry. "Tom Jay's work is inspirational, sui generis, and magical. He delves into tiny crevices in the quotidian world and emerges with flakes of gold. His is the voice of the grandfather, the student, and the lover rolled into one. To read him is to awaken."--Barry Lopez

"Tom Jay is renowned in the Pacific Northwest for his cast bronze bells and vivid sculptures of salmon. His writing, as collected here, is every bit as forceful and beautiful. Reveling equally in etymology and bioregional ecology, Jay's essays and poems attune us to the intertwined depths of language and landscape. 'Language's vitality metaphors the world it attends,' he writes. 'It is the spoken music of our animate, many-weathered and deep-soiled home.' His writing urges us to live in 'mortally tempered attention,' and shows us precisely how it's done."--Charles Goodrich

"Essayist, poet, sculptor, and ecological and wild visionary, Tom Jay is an eloquent spokesman for the riverine realm of the Pacific Northwest. These poems and essays shimmer with insight and hard-won wisdom. Like salmon at sea, Jay's subjects range widely. His essays move easily and surely among history and folklore, nature and community. They explore the hidden roots of language and commonplace mysteries of watersheds. and his words inevitably circle back home--to the heart of what it means to be human in a wondrous but threatened world."--Tim McNulty

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