Poetry. Poet Tim McNulty served as lookout in Washington’s North Cascades during the fire season of 2003. These poems and journal entries evoke the wild beauty and solitude he experienced during his time among the peaks. “Smoke from wildfires fills the valleys, / and a high veil of cirrus / dampens the morning sun. / Then a gift from Costa Rican forests, / Townsend’s warbler, drops by.” -From Tropical Sunlight.
Other PBS books by Tim McNulty: In Blue Mountain Dusk, Ascendance
Tim McNulty is a poet, essayist, conservation activist, and nature writer. He was born and grew up in Connecticut’s Quinnipiac River Valley and attended Northeastern University and the University of Massachusetts at Boston. There he met poet Denise Levertov who inspired him with her powerful fusion of visionary poetics and political activism. Tim traveled throughout the West after college and settled on the Olympic Peninsula in 1972. He lives with his wife, Mary Morgan, in the foothills of the Olympic Mountains above the Dungeness and Graywolf rivers. A passionate spokesman for the wild, Tim remains active in the Northwest environmental community.
Tim’s poems, essays, criticism, and articles on nature and conservation have appeared in numerous publications in the U.S. and abroad. His natural history writings have been translated into German, Chinese, and Japanese. He reads, lectures, teaches, and conducts workshops throughout the Northwest.
Tim is the author of nine books of poetry and eleven books of natural history. He has coauthored, with photographer Pat O’Hara, an award-winning series of books on national parks. Tim’s Olympic National Park: A Natural History, which won the Washington Governor’s Writers Award, has just been reissued in a new revised edition by the University of Washington Press. His Washington’s Mount Rainier National Park, which won the National Outdoor Book Award, is available from The Mountaineers Books. Tim’s poetry is available from Pleasure Boat Studio: A Literary Press.
For more on Tim McNulty, and to discover more of his books: http://timmcnultypoet.com/
Moontrolling – from Amazon.com –
…Poet Howard Nemerov once explained that “A poem is an act of attentiveness.” Mary Oliver furthered this theory by confessing “This is the first, wildest, and wisest thing I know: that the soul exists, and that it is built entirely out of attentiveness.” McNulty shared both of these quotes with me during a poetry workshop in 2002, and Through High Still Air is testament to his abiding belief in the power of focused attention, intricate details and deep respect for the natural world.