What We Love Will Save Us

What We Love Will Save Us

Kelson Books, September 16, 2009.

Fresh wildness and grace are breaking out all around us — despite the seeming nonsense of politics, the ignorance, selfishness, and sheer greed. Yep, it’s a tough ol’ world, despite how bogglingly beautiful. . .

This is a book about finding the balance between necessary outrage, and joyous engagement. It is about pleasure, truthtelling, and finding your way.

Above all these brief, vivid essays bear witness to the organized mayhem of those War Years of lying, of killing and being killed, of a White House dedicated to the practice of propaganda and torture as key political strategies. What exactly is the right path of a citizen under these circumstances? And how does one maintain an authentic creative path without getting sucked into complicity — or irrelevancy?

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City Limits

City Limits: Walking Portland’s Boundary

Oregon State University Press, Spring 2006.

How can community decisions mesh with individual rights? Is there an “us” that can develop a rich communal life in an urban context? Portland’s “Urban Growth Boundary” represents one of America’s premier experiments in urban planning – preventing sprawl, encouraging urban density, and preserving open space and farm land between urban areas.

I took a 260-mile trek along the Boundary, kayaking the river portions and walking in neighborhoods, forests, mountain trails, vineyards, and wide-open wheat fields. I also invited collaborators to spend a day walking with me and then contribute to the book: writer Kathleen Dean Moore (The Pine Island Paradox and many other books), Metro President David Bragdon, and other urbanists, environmentalists, growers, artists, and developers.

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Paradise Wild

Paradise Wild: Reimagining American Nature

Oregon State University Press, February 2003.

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Channeling Walt In Time of War

Channeling Walt in Time of War

February 2004.

A poetry chapbook searching for creative hopefulness despite war, official lying, and mass murder; letterpress-printed by gifted Portland book artist Inge Bruggeman on fine paper. A physically beautiful book, bearing an inspiring quartet of poems.

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The Heron Place

The Heron Place

1999.

An award-winning poem about language, landscape, and memory.

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Peace In Exile

Peace in Exile

Oyster River Press, 1992. ISBN: 0961748192

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Earth Rising

Earth Rising: Ecological Belief in an Age of Science

Oregon State University Press, 1989. ISBN: 0870713574

This book, a forerunner to David Oates’ current work, was praised by the eminent ecologist and social theorist, the late Paul Shepard, as an “audacious effort” to synthesize and find the meaning of the modern environmental movement, “one of the best I have seen.”

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