Stirring the Mud: On Swamps, Bogs, and Human Imagination

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Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, Aug 1, 2003 - Nature - 143 pages
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In these nine evocative essays, Barbara Hurd explores the seductive allure of bogs, swamps, and wetlands. Hurd's forays into the land of carnivorous plants, swamp gas, and bog men provide fertile ground for rich thoughts about mythology, literature, Eastern spirituality, and human longing. In her observations of these muddy environments, she finds ample metaphor for human creativity, 9imagination, and fear.
 

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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

Contents

Marginalia
1
Stirring the Mud
15
Hyacinth Drift
29
Refugium
45
Erased Edges
65
The Country Below
81
MoonWhite Moment
97
Clearing
113
Remains
129
Acknowledgments
145
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Barbara Hurd is the author of Entering the Stone: On Caves and Feeling Through the Dark and the poetry collection The Singer's Temple. She lives in Frostburg, Maryland.

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