Where do you go to escape? to revitalize your brain? Has something you read ever inspired you to find a place described in the lines?
In his article for the New York Times – ‘Intimate Exile,’ From Stanza to Stone – Jeff Gordinier writes about traveling to Luing (pronounced “ling”) – an obscure Scottish island in the Hebrides that he found in a poem. The poet, Don Paterson, promises that Luing is a place to be renewed; the island’s welcome sign greets with “a place to think…a place to be.” Luing is isolated and beautiful – unknown to tourists, and without the amenities that travelers may expect in a more popular retreat; not many places like that still exist, and those that do, demur from being written about – to escape discovery.
The search for peace within the solitude of nature is not new. Thoreau’s Walden Pond promised renewal. Inspired by those words, I once hiked in the woods alone, at first fearing that I would not find my way out, until I slid into the comfort of knowing that no one could find me for the moment. Reading tales of Guernsey (The Soldier’s Wife; The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Society) have piqued my interest in visiting those hills and coasts.
What have you read that’s led you to points unknown – or, at least, lured you into thinking about going?
Read Dan Paterson’s poem “Luing” – here
- The Soldier’s Wife (nochargebookbunch.com)