Sunday, February 17, 2008

River of Grass

The Library just bought a copy of the 60th anniversary edition of Marjory Stoneman Douglas' The Everglades River of Grass. I checked it out (don't worry we have a bunch of other editions if you want to read it.)

If you read my Facebook profile you will notice I have a thing for the openings and endings of books. Douglas' book now joins the list. This is such a poetic opening.

"There are no other Everglades in the world.

"They are, have always been, one of the unique regions of the earth, remote, never wholly known. Nothing anywhere else is like them: their vast glittering openness, wider than the enormous visible round of the horizon, the racing free saltiness and sweetness of their massive winds, under the dazzling blue heights of space. They are unique also in the simplicity, the diversity, the related harmony of the forms of life they enclose. The miracle of the light pours over the green and brown expanse of saw grass and of water, shining and slow moving below, the grass that is the meaning and the central fact of the Everglades of Florida. It is the river of grass."

Doesn't it just make you want to go to the Everglades right now?

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