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Loon Lore
In Poetry & Prose
William Sullivan; Leslie Tryon, illus.

Grove Street
2015 • 48 pp. 6 3/4 x 8"
Wildlife / Lakes, Ponds & Swamps / Poetry - Nature

$16.00 Paperback, 978-1-941934-02-9

The elusive loon—here one moment, gone the next—shows the limits of what we can grasp, and the temporary nature of what is

In Loon Lore: In Poetry and Prose, Bill Sullivan explores his admiration for and attachment to the common loon, the ancient aquatic bird that migrates from the northern lakes of New England and beyond to wintering sites along the coast of Rhode Island, bringing a taste of wilderness and a sense of wonderment and delight to the dark days of winter. The poems consider the loon’s past, present, and future in New England, recognizing that their future is ours as well. Interspersed prose reflections discuss native oral tales and myth, the ice age, Thoreau and wilderness, oil spills, bird migrations, concepts of time, and loon survival given the ecological challenges of our day. Illustrator Leslie Tryon has rendered soft pencil drawings throughout the book.

Before retiring to Westerly, Rhode Island, WILLIAM SULLIVAN taught English and American studies at Keene State College. He has co-written two books on twentieth century American poetry: Modern American Poetry, 1865 – 1950, Twayne Publishers, Boston; and Containing Multitudes, Poetry in the United States Since 1950, Twayne Publishers, Simon & Schuster, New York. Sullivan has also co-produced two documentary films: Here Am I, Send Me, The Journey of Jonathan Daniels, Sojourner Films; and The Farmer is the Man. His poems have appeared in a number of print and online publications, including Origami Poems, Apple Tree Review, Providence Journal, Westerly Sun, Wickford Art Association: Poetry and Art (2013, 2014), Serving House Journal, Babel Fruit, and New Verse news.
LESLIE TRYON is the author and illustrator of the Albert series of books for children, beginning with the ALA Notable book, Albert’s Alphabet, Atheneum, Macmillan, Simon and Schuster. She has also illustrated a series written by Alma Flor Ada; also from Atheneum. Tryon has created drawings for the Los Angeles Times as well as numerous children’s magazines. The drawings in this book were done on Fabriano watercolor paper (plate finish) using Prismacolor pencils. The style is meant to be “soft and poetic,” Tryon says.

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