Step Into Nature: Nurturing Imagination & Spirit in Everyday Life is just out from Beyond Words/Simon & Schuster! It’s available wherever books are sold, including indiebound.com and amazon. Check out my book tour under Events.
It’s a guide to make nature personal again, to stimulate awareness and increase our understanding of the environment while inspiring readers to develop their imaginations and strengthen their spirits.
“Step Into Nature illumines the intimate connection between inner and outer, contemplative and wild, and shows the reasons these connections matter; not only for our survival but because they exhilarate our nights and days…” —Jane Hirshfield,author of The Beauty and Ten Windows: How Great Poems Transform the World
“Patrice Vecchione has given us a true workbook for the senses, full of beautiful methods and exercises for getting ever-closer to our surrounding world. Read it and your travels into nature will be enhanced and changed. I shall never head for the woods without a ladder and a hammock again.” —David Rothenberg, author of Bug Musicand Why Birds Sing
Step into Nature, is a gift for all of us who spend too much time inside four walls! Patrice Vecchione’s enthusiasm is infectious and her stories, reflections and art-making suggestions are inspiring…. From the dying man who asks to be wheeled in his hospital bed along the forest trail to a woman in Namibia who, when she wants to conceive a child, sits under a tree and listens until she can hear the song of the child who wants to be born, this book is rich with the lives of people who have gone into nature for what is most essential. —Ellen Bass, author of Like a Beggar (poetry)
“A practical guide to how to access the inspiration available everywhere and in everything: Step Into Nature is a necessary and extraordinary book.” —Camille Dungy, editor of Black Nature: Four Centuries of African American Nature Poetry
“My world becomes very still and spacious when I read these poems, Patrice—every crack fills with light, every breath a leaf or feather floating in the wind. Her poems have the ability to inspire and open up our own worlds.
A gift beyond measure.”
—ALISA FINEMAN, SINGER-SONGWRITER
Inside everyone there are stories. By tapping into your spiritual self you’ll find your true voice—the voice that allows your deep self to speak. Patrice Vecchione guides readers on an inner exploration. She presents writing as a spiritual practice and connects readers to their inborn creativity. Vecchione reflects on the presence of the spiritual in our everyday lives and presents clear, easy-to-follow processes and writing exercises to help readers discover confidence in their own voice. Writing and the Spiritual Life shows readers:
- How to find depth in your writing
- How to develop trust and faith in your story
- Where to find sources of spirit and creativity
- How to quiet the mind of doubt and criticism
- How to capture that which is sacred and pull it into your writing
Truth & Lies gathers poetry from different eras and cultures that reveals the many shades of being true and telling lies. Poets in this unique collection range from Sappho to William Blake, from William Shakespeare to Sylvia Plath. Truth & Lies was named one of the year’s best children’s books by School Library Journal.
Whether you want to coax a giggle from a friend with a silly limerick, greet a hot meal on a cold night with Lewis Carroll’s, tribute to “Beautiful Soup,” or quietly consider the wonder of nature with Ashley Bryan’s “Song,” you’ll find poems here you’ll want to know by heart.
What does it mean to live in your body? Are you at home there? Or is it your cage? These are questions that have interested poets and writers across the centuries and around the globe. A gathering of poetry and prose from different eras and cultures, The Body Eclectic reveals the many aspects of life in a human body. Drawing on poems both serious and silly and on writers from Virginia Woolf to Sherman Alexie, this unique collection looks at what our bodies are, what they are not, how we love them and taunt them, what they give us and what they take away.
“Faith is taking the first step even when you don’t see the whole staircase.”
—Martin Luther King Jr.
What do you believe in? What makes you doubt? Acclaimed anthologist Patrice Vecchione finds the struggle between faith and doubt in many places–from religion to politics and war, to love, to the act of writing itself.
“She explores and celebrates the quivering, fragile web of relationships that thread together the many-sided meanings of love. Vecchione’s compass of feeling, thought and memory point forever towards ‘the hum and buzz of the inner hive,’ where everything starts out sacred, and stays that way.”