Wednesday, September 3, 2008

the journey

On this date—September 3, 1907—anthropologist, science writer, ecologist and poet, Loren Eiseley was born.

Eiseley is best known for his poetic essays, often called “concealed essays.” He used his reader-friendly style to bring science to the general public.

His first book, “The Immense Journey” published in 1957, was a huge influence on me. Principally about the history of humanity, Eiseley’s lyric style flows. Here’s an excerpt:

"Perpetually, now, we search and bicker and disagree. The eternal form eludes us—the shape we conceive as ours. Perhaps the old road through the marsh should tell us. We are one if many appearances of the thing called Life; we are not its perfect image, for it has no image except Life, and life is multitudinous and emergent in the stream of time."

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