Wander-Thrush: Lyric Essays of the Adirondacks

Essays by David Crews

Ra Press (2018)

Price: $12.00  |  pp.80

ISBN: 978-0-359-04301-9

Cover photograph: Carl Heilman II

Praise for Wander-Thrush

 

“The writing of David Crews in Wander-Thrush is as evocative as a Hudson River School painting that uses words instead of oil and canvas. These essays are a history lesson, a naturalist’s field journal and an elegiac personal tribute to the Adirondack Park, one of the world’s great natural treasures. Wander-Thrush is poetry in narrative form, which will help even people who have never been to the Adirondacks imagine this wild, hardscrabble and unforgettable terrain of mountains, bogs and birdsong.”

 

  -Darryl McGrath, author of Flight Paths: A Field Journal of Hope, Heartbreak, and Miracles with New York’s Bird People

“In Wander-Thrush, David Crews helps understand the human forces that re-shaped the Adirondack landscape, nurturing within us an appreciation that transcends its value as a place to play.  It must remain a place to dream, a place of refuge from the cares of a troubled world.  We must learn to see the Adirondacks as David does—as a place where every sound of nature is a concordant note in the song of life.”

  -William C. Janeway, Executive Director, The Adirondack Council

Reviews of Wander-Thrush forthcoming or recent in Adriondac: Journal of the Adirondack Mountain Club, Adirondack Daily Enterprise, and Blueline 40.

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Also available online at Northshire Saratoga and other local bookshops via Indiebound, or Lulu  Amazon  Barnes & Noble.


Or visit any of these local bookshops in New York: Book House at Stuyvesant Plaza (Albany), Adirondack Experience (Blue Mountain Lake), The Mountaineer (Keene Valley), The Bookstore Plus (Lake Placid), Hoss’s Country Corner (Long Lake), Northshire Bookstore (Saratoga Springs), North Country Books (Utica), Vermont: Crow Bookshop (Burlington), Phoenix Books (Burlington), New Jersey: Broad Street Books (Branchville), Black Dog Books (Newton)

High Peaks

Poems by David Crews

Ra Press (2015)

Price: $12.00  |  pp.46

ISBN: 978-1-312-84341-7

Cover photograph: Nathan Farb

Photograph here: Tyler Socash

Praise for High Peaks

“More than accessing, David Crews has put his boots and his mind on the ground as, mountain by distant mountain, he climbed and then descended all 46 of the region’s highest. ‘Why / don’t you take pictures,’ people ask in one poem. Because a picture leaves everything but getting there out. Because, before the breathless view at the top, which can be glorious, there is the long, breathy effort of getting there.”

   -Roger Mitchell, author of Lemon Peeled the Moment Before: New and Selected

 

 

“Study and mystery guide the lover in these poems, enriching both the journalism and the literature of the Adirondacks, one of the best kept, equally care-worn, secrets of the Eastern half of the nation’s natural history. Crews’ sharp tempos match the walking-rhythms and dissonances of his climbs, spliced against lyric microseconds of surprise, and faith in the visual. His is a country of scars, of winds strong enough to erase a [rock]face and the memory of it.”

   -Judith Vollmer, author of The Water Books

Read online "Poetic mountain reflections" by Justin Levine in Adirondack Daily Enterprise (2017). Also, review included in Blueline 36 by Dr. James J. Donahue.

Also available online at Northshire Saratoga and other local bookshops via Indiebound, or Lulu  Amazon.


Or visit any of these local bookshops in New York: Book House at Stuyvesant Plaza (Albany), Adirondack Experience (Blue Mountain Lake), The Mountaineer (Keene Valley), The Bookstore Plus (Lake Placid), Hoss’s Country Corner (Long Lake), Northshire Bookstore (Saratoga Springs),  Vermont: Crow Bookshop (Burlington), Phoenix Books (Burlington), Outdoor Gear Exchange (Burlington),  New Jersey: Broad Street Books (Branchville), Califon Book Shop (Califon), The Clinton Bookshop (Clinton), Black Dog Books (Newton), Ramsey Outdoor (Succasunna), Sparta Books (Sparta)

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