The Grassling



The GrasslingA Subtle, Moving Celebration Of Place And Connectedness The Grassling Brings The Sounds, Smells And Sights Of The Countryside Alive Like Few Other Books Burnett Stretches The Limits Of Prose, Infusing It With Poetic Intensity To Create A Powerful, Original Voice PD Smith, Guardian What Fills My Lungs Is Wider Than Breath Could Be It Is A Place And A Language Torn, Matted And Melded Flowered And Chiming With Bones That Breath Is That Place And Until I Get There I Will Not Really Be BreathingSpurred On By Her Father S Declining Health And Inspired By The History He Once Wrote Of His Small Devon Village, Elizabeth Jane Burnett Delves Through Layers Of Memory, Language And Natural History To Tell A Powerful Story Of How The Land Shapes Us And Speaks To Us The Grassling Is A Book About Roots What It Means To Belong When The Soil Beneath Our Feet Is Constantly Shifting, When The People And Places That Nurtured Us Are Slipping Away

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  • Hardcover
  • 256 pages
  • The Grassling
  • Elizabeth-Jane Burnett
  • 06 November 2019
  • 024137412X

10 thoughts on “The Grassling

  1. Rebecca says:

    I read the first 55 pages This is a nature memoir of sorts, built out of short essays whose titles run from A to Z Burnett teaches in Birmingham but her roots are in Ide, Devon, where her 80 year old father is in hospital at the time of the book s writing, and in Kenya She has previously published poetry, and is going for extreme lyricism in the prose here, which at times makes it feel overwritten especially in the prologue There are some really pretentious passages, like a found poem li I read the first 55 pages This is a nature memoir of sorts, built out of short essays whose titles run from A to Z Burnett teaches in Birmingham but her roots are in Ide, Devon, where her 80 year old father is in hospital at the time of the book s writing, and in Kenya She has previously published poetry, and is going for extreme lyricism in the prose here, which at times makes it feel overwritten especially in the prologue There are some really pretentious passages, like a found poem listing all the yellow things she passed on a journey Some of the descriptions, and meditations on ancestry, are lovely, but I found I was itching to move on to other things.A representative passage In the evening, I gather lupins in the spilling sun A deer flanks through the apple trees Its golden brass flares a turn, as eye to eye we dance In the slow half turn of a drowsy pirouette, instinct tells her to go appled air ripens, pulling her back

  2. Naomi Carlill says:

    Such a pleasure to read This refreshing reflection was just the medicine I needed to start this new year I want to hold onto this book forever.

  3. Sally Piper says:

    A poetic memoir that traverses the landscape of grief and home with an eye for the minute detail of the connections between people and places.

  4. Roxani says:

    A favorite excerpt Lightness is both a color and a weight The soil needs its own dictionary.

  5. Emily says:

    This freedom is a feeling that I will try to carry with me wherever I go In the times that lie ahead, as territories narrow and common borders close, I will think of this forest The clumps of moss, the cool of water, the hills that hold To remember this whenever I land against something telling me I shouldn t be thereThe Grassling is a beautiful book It is memoir, poetry and nature writing at its best Burnett s prose blends these genres and stretches across body, time and This freedom is a feeling that I will try to carry with me wherever I go In the times that lie ahead, as territories narrow and common borders close, I will think of this forest The clumps of moss, the cool of water, the hills that hold To remember this whenever I land against something telling me I shouldn t be thereThe Grassling is a beautiful book It is memoir, poetry and nature writing at its best Burnett s prose blends these genres and stretches across body, time and place As she walks across the fields that belong to her family, and brings her dying father handfuls of its grass and flowers, you feel you are there too She describes the sound of bird song, the shape of the plants and the taste of the soil in such a multi sensory way The Grassling is also a deeply personal exploration of localness and identity within nature writing and eco poetry as Burnett reflects on her British Kenyan heritage There were so many parts I underlined She imagines a dirt speckled alphabet, lifted out of the earth like a row of beans and looks back to a time when this field was a sea, and we had yet to come As Burnett writes, reading could be a many layered thing, a digging thing a harvest 4.5 stars

  6. Zoë Siobhan says:

    Where is the Society of Soil, Mourning and Metamorphosis, I wonder, where people who wander around fields slowly turning into something they don t recognize gather for lunch and read transcriptions of soil song I m not used to reading a lot of poetry so this was quite a departure from what I m used to with nature memoir and tbh some of it probably went over my unlearned head That said, I love soilthan most people can comprehend so this immersive and often bizarre homage to rubbing your Where is the Society of Soil, Mourning and Metamorphosis, I wonder, where people who wander around fields slowly turning into something they don t recognize gather for lunch and read transcriptions of soil song I m not used to reading a lot of poetry so this was quite a departure from what I m used to with nature memoir and tbh some of it probably went over my unlearned head That said, I love soilthan most people can comprehend so this immersive and often bizarre homage to rubbing your face in the grass sits well with me

  7. Susannah says:

    A poet, roaming the Devon lands of her dying father and of his forefathers, the author likes hiding in hedgerows and swimming through soil She writes beautifully about soil, ground, loam, rotifers Words, beautiful nature words including Olde English A bit bonkers sometimes but calming to read.

  8. Rebecca Stonehill says:

    At turns both fascinating and unfathomable.

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