Your Face is a Forest
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The tea-soaked and rain-drenched musings of a nomadic punk bard. Encounters with the gods, the dead, and the spirits of forest and stream. Musings for the dreaming rebel in the leaf-strewn tavern, the urban poet following the course of buried rivers beneath her feet, and all those who await the return of the gods and the uprising of the trees.
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Mar 25, 2015It's hard to know what to say about Your Face is a Forest. I might have to resort to a list of thoughts in no particular order. I love the way Wildermuth uses language. Reading his words, I felt saturated with language and ideas. I don't know if that makes any sense to anyone but me. It was wonderful to read the words of another person who experiences the land and the presence of gods and spirits in a very real, intense way. Of someone who is clearly intelligent, but isn't trying to be clever or glib about his experiences. I was delighted to find a contemporary pagan work that felt rooted in reverent experience. This isn't a book about livingroom paganism. It has mud on its boots and bits of leaves in its hair and acorns in its pockets. You won't learn anything about setting up an altar or casting a circle. But you'll learn so so much about what it's like to live in the presence of the sacred--in a true way, full of awe, uneasiness, healing, heartbreak.
Jan 31, 2015'Your Face is a Forest' is advertised as a collection of essays and prose. Rhyd describes his style more accurately as ‘weaving a forest from meaning’. This book is a tapestry of poetic prose and prose poetry woven from themes that make sense as a whole only in the non-rational way trees compose a forest. It’s rough, edgy and raw (and also a little rough around the edges), which for me added to its anarchic charm. Within its pages, Rhyd invites the reader to step into his life and accompany him on his travels through the places where he lives, into the forests that lie behind to meet the faces of the Other. On this journey there are ‘tasselled willows’, pines and alders, satyr dances and Dionysian revels. The tooth of an elk long dead and buried where cars now drive. A world full of life and another world behind it. What I love about this book is that Rhyd speaks deeply and richly of both worlds. On pilgrimages to France and Germany he tells of the wonder of waking in a field of... More > rabbits, playing flute with locals on unknown streets, sitting within the pink fur womb of a Berlin bar. He speaks of his despair at social inequality and the continuing repression of homosexuality in Christian colleges. He is a poet of the sacredness of this-worldly life on all levels. He also shares some of his innermost visions of the gods and otherworlds. These have guided his life and thus form the reader’s guiding threads. Outstanding was a vision of Bran, which led to a mysterious tower on a mountain, a stone head in a fountain and a magical cloak. Other deities include Arianrhod, Ceridwen, Brighid, Dionysos and the unnamed gods and spirits of the city streets, buried forests and culverted rivers. What I liked most about these sections is that rather than kowtowing to being acceptable and saleable, Rhyd speaks his experiences directly and authentically. There are few authors these days who cover the mystical aspects of deity and Rhyd does it exceptionally well. I’d recommend this book to all Pagans who are looking for real, undoctored insights into nature and deity. Because it’s not only about Paganism and is written by somebody fully immersed in the beauty and pain of life and the search for love I’d recommend it to non-Pagans too, particularly those interested in visionary prose and poetry. Quoting Rhyd’s dedication, to ‘Everyone who’s ever looked into the Abyss / And brought back light for the rest of us.’< Less
Nov 14, 2014This is a book of words, poetic, artistic, and spiritual musings, let's be honest who wants to read that crap. Most days I can't even stand my own bad Emo poetry let alone someone else's drivel. He shouldn't take it personally, I had the same thought when I found out William Shakespeare was following me on Twitter. So I sat coffee in hand, and a chilly autumn hate in my heart and started to read. My ancestors joined me, they blew open the doors and the windows and asked me to listen. Listen to, in the author's words,” “Words in song, song in screams, screams forming words which evoked, invoked, lamented arrogance, lamented destruction.” We have a problem, a nice problem. Your Face is a Forest speaks of love, of loosing and finding one's self. It does this beautifully, compassionately, and humorously. We take a trip into Paganism and spirit through his artful journey. We have a problem, I really like this book. Your Face is a Forest draws you in with words and wit. The words lasso you... More > in, sashay around your brain and make you think. If you want to hate this book, if you want to turn your nose up and your broomstick down at another airy-fairy-princess-twinkle-tushy pagan manuscript, then we have a problem. This is a great book, it allows you to find yourself through the author's sacred journey. Check it out today!< Less
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- Rhyd Wildermuth (Standard Copyright License)
- First Edition
- Rhyd Wildermuth
- November 7, 2014
- Perfect-bound Paperback
- Interior Ink
- Black & white
- 0.8 lbs.
- Dimensions (inches)
- 6 wide x 9 tall
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