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The collection tracks one man through significant encounters with the natural world, around the globe. An Ethiopian lake, an Australian rainforest, an American desert, an English beach: the stage keeps changing, but the intent stays the same. A poet enters a deep dialogue with birds, animals, people, plants, seas, and all the forces that threaten and churn this mix of life.
James Thornton is a poet, environmental lawyer, founder of Client Earth and a zen priest. Waymarks sits alongside classics of metaphysical writing in which poets bare their soul. Teachings from great figures along the way permeate the collection: a West Coast poet, a Japanese Zen Master, a spiritual leader, and the Dalai Lama.
Here, listen to James talk to Rosie Boycott about his environmentalist work at an event celebrating the UK release of Waymarks.
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