The Cincinnati Arch: Learning from Nature in the City by John TallmadgeThe Cincinnati Arch: Learning from Nature in the City by John Tallmadge

The Cincinnati Arch: Learning from Nature in the City

byJohn Tallmadge

Paperback | October 11, 2004

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What wilderness lover, asks John Tallmadge, "would ever dream of settling deep in the Rust Belt astride polluted rivers?" The Cincinnati Arch holds the provocative answer to Tallmadge's question, which was prompted by his unplanned relocation from rural Minnesota to urban Ohio. Tallmadge tells of dismaying early encounters with the city's seeming barenness, his growing awareness of its vitality and abundance, and finally his new vision of all nature, from the vacant lots of his neighborhood to our great New England forests and Western deserts.

New to the city, Tallmadge saw only its concrete, glass, smog, and debris. Soon his interest, stirred by the wonder of his children at their surroundings, focused Tallmadge to the "buzzing, flapping, scurrying, chewing, photosynthesizing life forms" around him. More deeply, Tallmadge began to learn from, and not just about, the city. Nature's persistence-within him and wherever he looked-wore away at old notions of wilderness that made no allowances for human culture.

The "arch" of the book's title is richly resonant: as the name of a geologic formation molding the urban landscape Tallmadge comes to love; as an archetypal building form; and, in its parabolic shape, as a metaphor for life's journey. Filled with luminous lessons of mindfulness, attentiveness, and other spiritual practices, this is a hopeful guide to finding nature and balance in unlikely places.

John Tallmadge is an environmental writer, speaker, and scholar living in Cincinnati, Ohio, where he maintains an independent practice of literary and educational consulting. For many years he was a professor of literature and environmental studies, teaching at institutions such as the University of Utah, Carleton College, and the Unio...
Title:The Cincinnati Arch: Learning from Nature in the CityFormat:PaperbackDimensions:240 pages, 8.44 × 5.38 × 0.56 inPublished:October 11, 2004Publisher:University Of Georgia PressLanguage:English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10:0820326909

ISBN - 13:9780820326900

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Editorial Reviews

This lustrous, continually deepening book, clearly the work of many years of observation and deep thought, is an insightful paean that reminds us that while it is thrilling to vacation in the wilderness, it is far more important to treasure everyday nature as manifest within ourselves and at our doorstep.

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