By Craig Chalquist
Inland of its spectacularly busy and famously scenic coast, and round the edges of its large principal Valley, California extends itself right into a mysteriously introverted land of dry deserts, tall mountains, historical lakes, and solitary valleys. To hear deeply to the myths, legends, and pictures emanating from this arc of isolation calls for an open-hearted inquiry from border to frame and Sierra to open sea.
THE TEARS OF LLORONA took the old, ecological, and imaginal pulse of the unique project counties of California alongside El Camino actual from San Diego to Sonoma. VENTRAL DEPTHS sampled alchemical and mythic motifs within the crucial Valley. EDGES, PEAKS, AND VALES strikes the terrapsychological concentration to the internal edges of California, and hence to these of a quintessentially place-based awareness attuned to its startlingly sentient surroundings.
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Edges, Peaks, and Vales: A Mythocartography of California at the Margins (Animate California Trilogy Book 3) by Craig Chalquist