Desert Quartet

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Pantheon Books, 1995 - Science - 62 pages
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"No compass can orient me here, only a pledge to love and walk the terrifying distances before me." So begins Terry Tempest Williams as she invokes the lure and drama of the Colorado Plateau. Her experience is related with the emotional depth and in the brilliantly lyrical language we have come to expect from her. Williams's journey into the canyons of Southern Utah reveals an erotics of place. With the four elements - Earth, Water, Fire, and Air - as metaphoric pathways to understanding, she dares to explore what it might mean to make love to the land. Williams comes to see how the desert exposes, stretches, and inspires us. There is no separation between our bodies and the body of the Earth.

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Review: Desert Quartet: An Erotic Landscape

User Review  - Karen - Goodreads

Williams allows the reader to play the role of voyeur by offering us her quartet of erotic poems. Her lover is nature itself, whom she parses into the elements earth, water, fire and air. Her poems ... Read full review

Review: Desert Quartet: An Erotic Landscape

User Review  - Brooke - Goodreads

This book is completely sensual. The visions she elicits are almost tangible. It's good read for nature lovers, and a perfect read for those drawn to the desert. Read full review

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About the author (1995)

Terry Tempest Williams, one of the nation's leading environmental writers, is the author most recently of When Women Were Birds: Fifty-four Variations on Voice.

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