Cold to the Bone: Poems by John Bates by John Mark BatesCold to the Bone: Poems by John Bates by John Mark Bates

Cold to the Bone: Poems by John Bates

byJohn Mark BatesContribution byMary Ellen Burns, Carole E Sauers

Paperback | April 19, 2017

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Bates' poems express what it means to belong to the natural world, to attempt to be a "card-carrying" member rather than an intruder or merely a tourist. The intersection of science and spirit is where these poems reside, and while they offer depth and insight, they ask an equal number of questions.

This is Bates' first book of poetry, but it comes on the heels of 22 years of publishing seven non-fiction books of observations in Wisconsin's Northwoods. The book is divided into three sections: Water, Woods, and Home. In every one, a mindful appreciation lights the way, along with a heartful resonance to the communities of life that we all live within. 

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John Bates is the author of seven books and a contributor to seven others, all of which focus on the natural history of the Northwoods. He's worked as a naturalist in Wisconsin's Northwoods for 27 years, leading an array of trips all designed to help people further understand the remarkable diversity and beauty of nature, and our place...
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Title:Cold to the Bone: Poems by John BatesFormat:PaperbackDimensions:100 pages, 8 × 5 × 0.24 inPublished:April 19, 2017Publisher:Manitowish River PressLanguage:English

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Table of Contents


Cold to the Bone

Dinosaurian Gumball Machines


Late April

Morning on the River



Bog Walking

Coming awake

Distraction Display


In the Black Muck




This Still Night

Ancient Water

Counting Frogs

Ebony Jewelwings

If You Listen

In the Labrador Tea


Over the Bank


Wolf’s Milk Slime

After the Storm

Winter Wren Sings


Wind in Pines

Burning Cold

When the Blue Jay Sings

Descents Ascents

Tree Math


Trapping Bears

First Frost

To Walk in Radiance

First Snow

The Original Face


The Oldest Living Thing

The Mosses

How Old Is This Woods?

The Great Grays Sailed Out

How To Enter A Woods

Small Things

Meaning to Stay


Ninety Degrees

Red Fox

No Reason

Opening Day


Second Skin

When Mary Sits at Her Loom



Opening the Door

Ally Ally in Free



Her Finger to Her Lips

Stoking the Fire

Hot Chocolate

Stepping Across a Border

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