Focused attention

While reading Sharon Dean’s article on haiku as nature writing, the following quote resonated with me … “the more clearly we can focus our attention on the wonders and realities of the universe about us, the less taste we shall have for destruction”
Carson, Rachel, Silent Spring, Mariner Books, New York, 2002, p. xix

This seems a perfect state of mind to approach writing, especially writing about place.Do you have any quotes to share about writing with a sense of place?

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2 Responses to Focused attention

  1. Nigel says:

    One of my favourite quotes about place is this, from Edward Relph, a human geographer:

    ‘A deep relationship with place is as necessary and perhaps as unavoidable as close relationships with people; without such relationships human existence, while possible, is bereft of much of its significance.’ (1976)

    I recognise that it’s more about place and not so much about place writing, but surely this is the core of any writing about place?

    Wonderful blog btw, Lyn.

    • fortyspot says:

      Thanks Nigel – that’s a lovely quote and certainly does apply to place writing if the writing is to have any depth to it.
      So glad you like the blog. – Lyn

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