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Unchopping a Tree: The Interior Life of a Tree
By Liz Ward (illustrator) and W. S. Merwin
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Publisher Trinity Univ Pr
Publication date February 25, 2014
Pages 45
Binding Hardcover
Book category Adult Non-Fiction
ISBN-13 9781595341877
ISBN-10 1595341870
Dimensions 0.50 by 7.25 by 7.25 in.
Weight 0.52 lbs.
Original list price $14.95
Other format details university press
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There’s no mystery to chopping down a tree. But how do you put back together a tree that’s been felled? Mystical instructions are required, and that’s what W. S. Merwin provides in his prose piece “Unchopping a Tree,” appearing for the first time in a self-contained volume. Written with a poet’s grace, an ecologist’s insights, and a Buddhist’s reverence for life, this elegant work describes the difficult, sacred job of reconstructing a tree. Step by step, page by page, with Merwin’s humble authority, secrets are revealed, and the destroyed tree rises from the forest floor. Unchopping a Tree opens with simplicity and grace: “Start with the leaves, the small twigs, and the nest that have been shaken, ripped, or broken off by the fall; these must be gathered and attached once again to their respective places.” W. S. Merwin, like many conservationists, is quick to say: “When we destroy the so-called natural world around us we’re simply destroying ourselves. And I think it’s irreversible.” Thus the tree takes on a scale that begs the reader’s compassion, and one tree is a parable for the restoration of all nature.


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