"The Great Blues "
by Steve Semken

An inspiring homage to Kansas’ great blue herons that mixes stunningly beautiful nature writing with an inventive postmodern narrative. It collects the musings of poets and hermits and blends them into a meditation on the fate of our very souls.

“If Steve Semken were offered a cup of Heron
blood to drink, he would do so without
hesitation. If you read this book, you’ll know

Wes Jackson, President, Land Institute,
Salina, Kansas; author, Becoming Native to
This Place

“Steve Semken’s lyrical narrative draws the
reader into a mythical world of hermits, herons
and heretics. He celebrates the web of life
through creative expression.”

Robert Butler, Senior Research Scientist,
Canadian Wildlife Service; author, The
Great Blue Heron

“What happens when you enter a great blue
heron rookery in Kansas and completely
abandon yourself to the experience? In The
Great Blues, naturalist Steve Semken becomes
so engrossed in his subject that he, the observer,
becomes the observed by the prophets of
the prehistoric, the herons. Drawing on the
writings of a range of profound thinkers from
Hildegard to W.S. Merwin, Semken develops
his own native Tao. He discovers the magic of
his intuition and embarks upon an exploration
of the soul external, finally centering himself in
his faith in the natural world.”

Mary Swander, Author, The Desert
Pilgrim: En Route to Mysticism and

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The Great Blues
by Steve Semken

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