Katie Holten's "About Trees"
Katie Holten discusses "About Trees" with Green Apple's Stephen Sparks. Praise for About Trees: "It is essentially an edited compilation of texts about, yes, trees, but also about forests, landscapes of the anthropocene, unkempt wildness, altered ecosystems, and, more broadly speaking, the idea of nature itself. It ranges from short texts by Robert Macfarlane ... to James Gleick, and from Amy Franceschini to Natalie Jeremijenko... Every letter of the alphabet corresponds to a specific species of tree." —Geoff Manaugh, author of "A Burglar's Guide to the City." "Gently reaching, beautiful, bountiful—Katie Holten's "About Trees" translates pulp and ink into a new language of roots and branches, a bewildering, awilding forest of words as strange as it is unforgettable. Learning to live in the Anthropocene means learning to see, listen to, and speak with our world in whole new ways; About Trees helps us begin that transformation." —Roy Scranton, author of "Learning to Die in the Anthropocene." About Trees: Robert MacFarlane writes “There is no lone tree language, but a forest of tree languages.” In "About Trees," Katie Holten invites us to enter some of these forests. She has created a Tree Alphabet and used it to translate a compendium of well known, loved, lost and new writing. She takes readers on a journey from ‘primeval atoms’ and cave paintings to the death of a 3,500 year-old cypress tree, from Tree Clocks in Mongolia and forest fragments in the Amazon to Emerson’s language of fossil poetry, unearthing a grove of beautiful stories along the way. "About Trees" is the first book in Broken Dimanche Press's series: Parapoetics - a Literature beyond the Human. Recognizing a crisis of representation as our species adapts to life in the Anthropocene, About Trees considers our relationship with language, landscape, and perception. The result is an astonishing fusion of storytelling and art, which celebrates trees and our understanding of them, their past and their future, their potential and their ubiquity. It is a book to leaf through, again and again.