Earth’s Wild Music
Celebrating and Defending the Songs of the Natural World
At once joyous and somber, Moore celebrates the call of loons, howl of wolves, bellow of whales, laughter of children, and shriek of frogs, even as she warns of the threats against them. Each group of essays moves, as Moore herself has been moved, from celebration to lamentation to bewilderment and finally to the determination to act in defense of wild songs and the creatures who sing them.
WINNER, PRIX ECRIRE LA NATURE
FINALIST, OREGON BOOK AWARD 2022
I know that whatever is left of the planet when the pillage ends, that’s the world that the children will live in. Whatever genetic song lines, whatever fragments of whale squeal and shattered harmonies are left, that’s what evolution has got to work with. Music is the trembling urgency and exuberance of life ongoing. Truly, if we can’t save the songs, can we save ourselves?
Kathleen Dean Moore rings the bell “for every sacred emptiness,” and the result is at once heartbreaking and uplifting. Earth’s Wild Music is a love song to a vanishing world. – Elizabeth Kolbert, author of Pulitzer Prize–winning The Sixth Extinction
These pages contain an almost magical combination of superlatively fine-eyed observation, heartbreakingly deep-felt love, and joyous exaltation. Kathleen Dean Moore is a wild-hearted, clear-eyed poet, a voice of the living world, who urges us into caring, dares us to fall in love.
– Carl Safina, author of Becoming Wild
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