I've Heard the Vultures Singing: Field Notes on Poetry, Illness, and Nature

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Trinity University Press, 2007 - Biography & Autobiography - 212 pages
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During her days as a park ranger, Lucia Perillo loved nothing more than to brave the Cascade Mountains alone, taking special pride in her daring solo skis down the raw, unpatrolled slopes of Mount Rainier. Then, in her thirties, she was diagnosed with multiple sclerosis. In I've Heard the Vultures Singing, Perillo confronts, in stark but funny terms, the ironies of being someone with her history and gusto for life being suddenly unable to walk. ("Ground-truthing" is what biologists call entering an environment and surveying what is there via the senses of sight and sound.) These essays explore what itís like to experience desire as a sick person, how to lower oneís expectations just enough for a wilderness experience, and how to navigate the vagaries of a disease that has no predictable trajectory.†I've Heard the Vultures Singing†records in unflinching, honest prose one womanís struggle to find her place in a difficult new world.

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Review: I've Heard the Vultures Singing: Field Notes on Poetry, Illness, and Nature

User Review  - Denise - Goodreads

Beautiful. Sad, profound, exceptionally well-written. (I like it when poets write prose!) Lots of post-it notes in this one by the time I was done with it, for beautiful language. But, I should warn you, feeling pretty vulnerable afterward, too! Read full review

Review: I've Heard the Vultures Singing: Field Notes on Poetry, Illness, and Nature

User Review  - Eli Brooke - Goodreads

Love. Her. Read full review

Contents

Definition of Terms
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Job versus Prometheus
46
A Cripple in the Wilderness
69
Copyright

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About the author (2007)

Perillo teaches at Southern Illinois University in Carbondale.

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