My Story as Told by Water Confessions, Druidic Rants, Reflections, Bird-watchings, Fish-stalkings, Visions, Songs and Prayers Refracting Light, From Living Rivers, in the Age of the Industrial Dark

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  • Format: Paperback
  • Copyright: 2002-08-01
  • Publisher: Ingram Publisher Services, Inc.

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In this remarkable collection of essays, acclaimed author David James Duncan braids his contemplative, rhapsodic, and activist voices together into a potently distinctive whole, speaking with power and urgency about the vital connections between our water-filled bodies and this water-covered planet. All twenty-two pieces in this collection swirl and eddy around his early-forged bond with the rivers of the Pacific Northwest and their endangered native salmon. With a bracing blend of story, science, and comedy, Duncan relates mystical, life-changing adventures; draws incisive portraits of the humans and wild creatures who shaped his destiny; rips the corporate greed and political folly that have brought whole ecosystems to ruin; and meditates on the spiritual and practical necessity of acknowledging our dependence on water in its primal state.

Table of Contents

Wonder Versus Loss
Valmiki's Palmp. 3
Birdwatching as a Blood Sportp. 31
The Non Sense of Placep. 49
Tiltp. 57
Who Owns the West?: Seven Wrong Answersp. 61
Six Henry Storiesp. 81
Nativep. 99
Lake of the Stone Motherp. 115
The War for Norman's Riverp. 129
The 1872 Knee-Mining Act & Your Exciting Financial Future!p. 151
Beauty/Violence/Grief/Frenzy/Love: On the Contemplative Versus the Activist Lifep. 167
A Prayer for the Salmon's Second Comingp. 181
River Soldiersp. 215
Strategic Withdrawalp. 221
Fishing the Inside Passage
Idiot Joyp. 229
In Praise of No Guidep. 233
Estuary from an Afterlifep. 237
Fearless Leaderp. 243
Khwaja Khadirp. 249
Godp. 263
Spirit-Fried No-Name River Brown Trout: A Recipep. 273
"The Lives of Tuan Mac Cairill"p. 283
About the Photographsp. 287
Acknowledgmentsp. 291
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