Entering the Stone: On Caves and Feeling Through the Dark

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Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, 2005 - Nature - 170 pages
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In this exhilarating work, Barbara Hurd explores some of the most extraordinary places on earth, from sacred caves in India to secret caves in Arizona. With passionately informed prose, Hurd makes these strange dark spaces -- with their stalactites and blind cave fish and ancient galleries of white flowstone -- come to light, illuminating the natural history and spiritual territory of caves as powerfully as Kathleen Norris portrayed the Dakotas. Entering the Stone provides an awe-inducing tour through a fragile and beautiful subterranean world.

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Hurd (Stirring the Mud: On Swamps, Bogs, and the Human Imagination) provides a glimpse of the underworld for those who have neither the courage nor the ability to explore wild caves. Although she ... Read full review

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Barbara Hurd teaches at Frostburg State University and in the Stonecoast Program in Creative Writing. She is an editor of the literary annual Nightsun. Her essays and poems have appeared in numerous publications, including the 1999 and 2001 volumes of The Best American Essays, the Yale Review, the Georgia Review, Audubon, and Sierra. She lives in Frostburg, Maryland.

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