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Decomposition: Fungi-Inspired Poems
an anthology edited by Kelly Chadwick and Renée Roehl
with an Introduction by poet Jane Hirshfield
Decomposition is a stunning achievement – foxfire for the mind.... Humorous, authentic, and intelligent, Decomposition is not to be missed. -- David Rose in Fungi Magazine
an anthology of fungi inspired poetry. Edited by Kelly Chadwick and Renée Roehl and published by Lost Horse Press, this text—the first of its
kind—explores a broad spectrum of human response to the fungal kingdom.
Within the pages a superlative selection of poets offer antidote to both
dry analytic and campy renditions of mushrooms.
Gathered from the root-zones of many different trees, knife-scraped from rock-face, lifted from dung, spore-flung into air, these gathered mushroom poems offer undomestic, distinctive discoveries to all who choose to join the effort to find them.—Jane Hirshfield (from her introduction to the book)
3-05-07 - Fungi fascination: Local
couple turns passion for wild
mushrooms into business from the
Spokane Spokesman Review
The original call to submissions for poems for this book.
mushrooms. I love good poetry. How could I not love Decomposition,
an inspired anthology of “fungi-inspired" poems?
I'm really amazed at how many intriguing poems have been written about mushrooms or with mushrooms and fungi as a central element. And Kelly and Renée selected only about one out of ten that they considered. These poems have truly helped me to appreciate why some people get so into this mysterious kingdom. - DC
Renée Roehl has been reading, writing, and speaking poetry
from the age of eight. She has a masters degree in creative writing, is a
psycho-spiritual counselor and a writer-in-residence at an alternative high
school in Spokane Washington, where she lives with her quasi-spouse Chadwick,
her two cats, fish, and garden. She hopes to add chickens to the mix soon. -
June, 2010 (They do have chickens now. - dc, October 2012
Kelly Chadwick has studied mushrooms on and off for 20 years during which time they’ve frequented his dreams and drawn him into the woods. He is a fine wine manager for a beverage distributor and lives in Spokane Washington with Renée.
See or download the PDF flier on Decomposition
|Kelly Chadwick is my eldest son. He was born at Green Gulch farm at Muir Beach just north of the Golden Gate Bridge in October 1973. He grew up in and around the farm and the San Francisco Zen Center's Tassajara Springs, and City Center. As a young child he had a affinity with nature. He loved crawling around and closely inspecting plants, rocks, and animals. I remember him not yet two years old sitting in Tassajara's upper garden, delighted and gesticulating with a garter snake hanging out from each side of his mouth. His attraction to mushrooms seemed to be innate. Once at the age of five in a grocery store with other ZC kids who'd been told to pick something, most got ice cream, Kelly got a bag of mushrooms. At the age of 16 Andrew Weil, a family acquaintance, introduced Kelly to the joy of hunting mushrooms. Before long he was a member of the Spokane Mushroom Society and for years was their president. He worked for a time at Paul Stamets' internationally known mail order business, Fungi Perfecti. He has led many mushroom forays, has been a member of the Pacific Northwest's Mycological Key Council, taught college level courses, and consults for the Spokane (WA) county extension on mushroom identification. He says mushrooms frequent his dreams and call to him from hidden knolls. For 10 years he and his partner Renée Roehl had a wholesale business marketing wild gourmet mushrooms. Renée has written and voraciously read poetry her whole life. She has a masters in Creative Writing and teaches at a highschool for at-risk teens. After coming across poems relating to mushrooms by two U.S. Poet Laureates, Robert Penn Warren and William Stafford, they realized there was a void in available non scientific literature about fungi This led to a search for more such poems. After three years of collecting and soliciting poems, they distilled over a thousand into a careful selection for Decomposition which has truly been a labor of love. I hope you enjoy this book. - David Chadwick|
A bit of errata in the book pointed out by non profit tax attorney Thomas Silk. See an interview with Tom by Huey Johnson on Forces of Nature.
11-18-13 - The article below makes plain that "forward " is a direction while an introductory section to a book is a "foreward". My comment is offered in good will and not critically, but I couldn't resist this opportunity for teaching and learning.
Best wishes for the success of this book and future books by Renee and Kelly.
I am eager to begin this one now.