At once joyous and somber, this thoughtful gathering of new and selected essays spans Kathleen Dean Moore’s distinguished career as a tireless advocate for environmental activism in the face of climate change.In this meditation on the music of the natural world, Moore celebrates the call of loons, howl of wolves, bellow of whales, laughter of children, and shriek of frogs, even as she warns of the threats against them. Each group of essays moves, as Moore herself has been moved, from celebration to lamentation to bewilderment and finally to the determination to act in defense of wild songs and the creatures who sing them. Music is the shivering urgency and exuberance of life ongoing. In a time of terrible silencing, Moore asks, who will forgive us if we do not save nature’s songs?
Earth’s Wild Music
Celebrating and Defending the Songs of the Natural World
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Kathleen Dean Moore is the author or co-editor of many books about our moral and emotional bonds to the wild, reeling world, including Wild Comfort, Moral Ground, and Great Tide Rising. She is the recipient of the Pacific Northwest Booksellers' Association Award and the Oregon Book Award, along with the WILLA Literary Award for her novel Piano Tide. A philosopher and activist, Moore writes from Corvallis, Oregon and Chichagof Island, Alaska.
In this hugely intelligent and captivating collection of essays, Kathleen Dean Moore makes clear what is at stake in the world: 'What we do now will change everything forever.' Her pages dance to the rich cadences of humpback whales, meadowlarks, and canyon wrens, knowing how fragile their music is amidst the Sixth Extinction of wild species. Her words shimmer to the songs of the last old-growth forests, sensitively attuned not only to their ancient, living memories but also the complex wonders they hold on to. And through her clarity of voice and wise vision of co-existence, she reminds us that we still have a choice as to the path we choose into the future. Earth's Wild Music is both a poignant meditation on extinction and a stirring call to resistance; it brings the radiant songs of the wild world within hearing. --Julian Hoffman, author of Irreplaceable: The Fight to Save our Wild Places In this poetic tribute to the beauty of the earth and its inhabitants, Kathleen Dean Moore brings her readers in touch with the spiritual way that birds and mammals, other animals, and natural sounds demonstrate our need to preserve ecosystems. A lovely read. --Peter H. Raven, President Emeritus, Missouri Botanical Garden