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The Road Washes Out in Spring: A Poet's Memoir of Living Off the Grid
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Bibliographic Detail
Publisher Univ Pr of New England
Publication date April 30, 2008
Pages 200
Binding Paperback
Book category Adult Non-Fiction
ISBN-13 9781584657040
ISBN-10 1584657049
Dimensions 0.50 by 6 by 9 in.
Weight 0.70 lbs.
Original list price $19.95
Other format details university press
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Amazon.com description: Product Description: Winner of the Maine Writers and Publishers Alliance, Maine theme (2006)

For nearly twenty-five years, poet Baron Wormser and his family lived in a house in Maine with no electricity or running water. They grew much of their own food, carried water by hand, and read by the light of kerosene lamps. They considered themselves part of the “back to the land” movement, but their choice to live off the grid was neither statement nor protest: they simply had built their house too far from the road and could not afford to bring in power lines. Over the years, they settled in to a life that centered on what Thoreau called “the essential facts.”

In this graceful meditation, Wormser similarly spurns ideology in favor of observation, exploration, and reflection. “When we look for one thread of motive,” he writes, “we are, in all likelihood, deceiving ourselves.” His refusal to be satisfied with the obvious explanation, the single thread of motive, makes him a keen and sympathetic observer of his neighbors and community, a perceptive reader of poetry and literature, and an honest and unselfconscious analyst of his own responses to the natural world. The result is a series of candid personal essays on community and isolation, nature, civilization, and poetry.

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Hardcover
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from Univ Pr of New England (October 31, 2006)
9781584656074 | details & prices | 199 pages | 6.25 × 9.00 × 1.00 in. | 1.00 lbs | List price $24.95
About: For nearly twenty-five years, poet Baron Wormser and his family lived in a house in Maine with no electricity or running water.
Paperback
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from Univ Pr of New England (April 30, 2008)
9781584657040 | details & prices | 200 pages | 6.00 × 9.00 × 0.50 in. | 0.70 lbs | List price $19.95
About: Winner of the Maine Writers and Publishers Alliance, Maine theme (2006)For nearly twenty-five years, poet Baron Wormser and his family lived in a house in Maine with no electricity or running water.

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