Saul Weisberg




Over 25 years in the making, Headwaters: Poems & Field Notes shares a seasoned naturalist’s perspective on wilderness and imagination from time spent around the mountains and rivers of the Pacific Northwest. Weisberg’s poetry grows out of specific images and distinct moments gathered from the natural world. It celebrates green and misty landscapes and the wilderness they hold. The poems are an invitation to walk alongside a perceptive observer on rambles in the mountains, runs down the river and ruminations in desert canyons, investigating the ties that bind people and place.


Saul Weisberg is a poet, naturalist, educator and executive director of North Cascades Institute a conservation organization that connects people, nature and community by teaching at the convergence of natural and cultural history, science, humanities and the arts. Saul worked throughout the Northwest as a wilderness climbing ranger, field biologist, commercial fisherman and fire lookout before starting the Institute in 1986. Saul is adjunct faculty at Huxley College of the Environment and has served on the board of directors of the Natural History Network, the Environmental Education Association of Washington, and the Association of Nature Center Administrators. He is author of North Cascades: The Story Behind the Scenery and From the Mountains to the Sea: A Guide to the Skagit River Watershed. He lives with his wife Shelley in Bellingham, Washington.

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Weight 8 oz
Dimensions 5.5 × 0.5 × 8.5 in



Saul Weisberg




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120 pages



1 review for Headwaters

  1. Tim McNulty

    Saul Weisberg’s crisp, lyric poems are grounded deeply in his lifelong engagement with the plants and wildlife, rocks and weather of his home ground, Washington’s rugged North Cascades and the Salish Sea. Buoyant, passionate, playful, and precise, these poems echo Basho in capturing mystery within an image and Rexroth in artfully blending themes nature and love. But the poet’s joyful celebration of family, friendship, community, and place are all his own. Saul’s is a clear and welcome poetic voice from one of the West’s most inspiring locales. – Tim McNulty, poet

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