Chasing Weather: Tornadoes, Tempests, and Thunderous Skies in Word & Image
A Photography and Poetry book by Caryn Mirriam-Goldberg and Stephen Locke.
September 19, 2014. Paperback, $25.00. Ice Cube Press. ISBN: 9781888160826
“The sky is made of rivers before and after they became rivers,” Caryn writes in Chasing Weather.
“Weather is the great leveler, the great unifier. We’re all preoccupied with it; we’re all amateur sailors. For Mirriam-Goldberg and Locke, both careful watchers of the sky, weather has been the source of a life’s meditation. This beautiful book will take you from the doldrums to the torrent and everyplace in between.” — Kelly Barth, Raven Bookstore, Lawrence, Kansas
“You think about the Midwest as having a boring geography, compared to places where there are mountains and seascapes, and then you look at these photos and realize: the sky is the Alps of the Midwest! The sky is the Pacific surf of the Midwest! The sky is where we Midwesterners can look and see Nature dwarfing anything in our lives or our imaginations, whittling us down to our exact size as humans …. this is all captured in Chasing Weather.” — Nina Barrett, Bookends and Beginnings, Evanston, Illinois
“If you’re looking for some of the most artistic and breathtaking atmospheric moments captured on camera from across the Heartland of America, look no further—this book is chocked full of some of Stephen Locke’s most fabulous work. You will not be disappointed.”—Jesse Risley, Educator and Storm Chaser
“This ravishing call and response between a fearlessly roving artist-with-a-camera (Locke) and a lyric laureate of the heart’s workings under Kansas heavens (Mirriam-Goldberg) is both glorious and intimate. Wonderfully illustrating the dynamism and vastness of prairie skies and prairie soul, Chasing Weather is a volume to treasure in these stormy times.”—Stephanie Mills, author, Tough Little Beauties andEpicurean Simplicity
“What a beautiful book, a gorgeous pairing of photos and poetry! These images are at once alluring and startling, awe-inspiring and terrifying—the joining of heaven and earth. Chasing Weather unlocks the power of nature on the Great Plains—the ever changing, fascinating drama of the sky.”—Mary Swander, Poet Laureate of Iowa, author, Farmscape: The Changing Rural Environment
“When the poems in this book, billowing among images that take my breath, say ‘the sky is made of rivers before and after they become rivers,’ and ‘the sycamore buds into tomorrow,’ savoring ‘the threat to come and the yearning to plant,’ I am swept away like a leaf before the storm. I pity people who don’t know a sky like this, who don’t have these words of electric insight, spoken true, blessing the open country at the mercy of the storm.”—Kim Stafford, editor, Ask Me: 100 Essential Poems by William Stafford
“I always marvel at the beauty of Stephen Locke’s photos and have long described him as somebody whose soul is in the right place. To have his images combined with poetry and with the stories behind them is a rare treat, not to be missed. The book is glorious!”
—Jenna Blum, New York Times bestselling author, The Stormchasers
Weather subtly shapes our days, infuses our moods and interactions, and at times, completely re-orients our lives. Catching moments of stunning beauty and surprising shifts in the sky helps make the vibrant and variable world more visible to us, and shows us how to truly see where and who we are.
Caryn Mirriam-Goldberg is the 2009-2013 Poet Laureate of Kansas, and the author or editor of 19 books, including the recently published Poem on the Range: A Poet Laureate’s Love Song to Kansas; The Divorce Girl (Ice Cube Books); a non-fiction book, Needle in the Bone: How a Holocaust Survivor and Polish Resistance Fighter Beat the Odds and Found Each Other (Potomac Books); The Sky Begins At Your Feet: A Memoir on Cancer, Community & Coming Home to the Body (Ice Cube Books); and four poetry collections. Founder of Transformative Language Arts – a master’s program in social and personal transformation through the written, spoken and sung word – at Goddard College where she teaches, Mirriam-Goldberg also leads community writing workshops widely. She lives with her family just south of Lawrence, Kansas, where the deer and the turkey roam.
Stephen Locke is a Director of Photography and professional storm chaser. He produces motion and still photography for business and private collectors. Based in Kansas City, his Tempest Gallery is a showcase of storm imagery shot throughout the Great Plains. Stephen is also well known for his time-lapse cinematography. Clients include Andrews McMeel Publishing, Accord Publishing, CBS, Mayo Clinic, The Weather Channel, Discovery, Severe Studios, and TornadoVideos.net. His specialty as a photography is weather and storm chasing although he also has extensive experience and expertise in family portraits, weddings, classic black and white, gardens, weddings, and other areas of interest. He has supported himself through his weather photography and portraits since 1984.
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