Trinity University Press

I’ve Heard the Vultures Singing

Field Notes on Poetry, Illness, and Nature

Lucia Perillo (author)

One woman’s struggle to find her place in a difficult new world

During her days as a park ranger, Lucia Perillo loved nothing more than to hike the Cascade Mountains alone, taking special pride in her daring solo skis down the raw, unpatrolled slopes of Mount Rainier. Then in her thirties she was diagnosed with multiple sclerosis.

In I’ve Heard the Vultures Singing Perillo confronts, in stark but often comic terms, the ironies and losses of going from an outdoors person to someone who can no longer walk. With unusual candor and a restless intelligence, Perillo writes about how to lower one’s expectations just enough for a wilderness experience, what it’s like to experience eros as a sick person, and how poetry provides an alternative means to access nature. I’ve Heard the Vultures Singing is a poet’s honest—and edgy—reckoning of her attempt to maneuver through the world in a body she reluctantly inhabits.


  • Designated as a Seattle Times Bestseller


“Encourages us to see the common and invisible through new eyes.”


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  • Pages: 224
  • Size: 5.5 x 8.25
  • Published: Oct 2009
  • Status: Available
  • ISBN: 9781595340580
  • Price: $24.95
  • Pages: 224
  • Size: 5.5 x 8.25
  • Published: Jun 2007
  • Status: Out of print
  • ISBN: 9781595340313
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  • Published: Apr 2011
  • Status: Available
  • ISBN: 9781595340924


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