Stirring the mud: on swamps, bogs, and human imagination

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Beacon Press, Feb 9, 2001 - Nature - 143 pages
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A remarkable meditative foray into the strange and seductive beauty of swamps and bogs. "Barbara Hurd writes about people with the canny poise of Cheever, and about nature with the loving exactitude of Thoreau. And everywhere in her work is a speculative energy and elegance that make her essays a rare achievement." -J. D. McClatchy, author of The Rest of the Way

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STIRRING THE MUD: On Swamps, Bogs and Human Imagination

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The swamps of western Maryland provide the setting for a series of poised (if somewhat precious) meditations on our universal human desire to define, clarify, categorize, and plan.Breaking with the ... Read full review

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It is not surprising that Hurd, a poet, writer, and teacher, was a recent finalist for the Annie Dillard Award for Nonfiction. Her use of recurring motifs within chapters and her earthy, evocative ... Read full review


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About the author (2001)

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.