Turn Around Time: A Walking Poem for the Pacific Northwest (Hardcover)
Anyone who has ever taken a hike will recognize themselves in Guterson’s latest, Turn Around Time. From the outset, the poem plunges into the simple delight of being outside; but this is no mere bucolic. In a steady rhythm that emulates boots on a trail, the narrator’s thoughts range from the names of trees to the uncomfortable places our minds go when we lack distractions to keep us from ourselves. Subtitled A Walking Poem, this book does indeed invite readers to slip a copy into their pocket and take it for a stroll. It is a love poem to the very act of walking in the woods. -Liz— From Winter Gazette 2019
Most outdoor enthusiasts understand the phrase "turn around time" as that point in an adventure when you must cease heading out in order to have enough time to safely return to camp or home--regardless of whether you have reached your destination. For award-winning novelist David Guterson, it is also a metaphor for where we find ourselves in the middle of our lives, and his new narrative poem explores this idea through a lyrical journey along a trail, much like those in Washington's mountain ranges he hiked while growing up. Even outdoor-lovers who are not normally readers of poetry will relate to the physicality of hiking represented here, from endless trail switchbacks to foot and ankle pains. There is a fast-moving, propulsive quality to David's writing, with lush language, vivid imagery, and pacing that resonates as a journey on foot. His words are brought further to life by the delicate yet mythical illustrations by award-winning artist Justin Gibbens.