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Lammergeier, Journeys to Earthsea

Lammergeir by Lip Kee

Thrilled that my newest personal essay has found a home in the debut issue of Lammergeier, a literary publication named after one of the coolest birds around:

“Lammergeier, as with so many artistic visions, starts with a bird. Lammergeiers eat almost exclusively bones. Using its large, powerful wings, the lammergeier drops bones from the great heights to crack them open and access the marrow inside. The lammergeier is also renowned for its plumage: brilliant rusty-hued feathers and dark, bristled faces created both by the luck of birth and the wear and tear of its mountain habits. We here at Lammergeier look for the beautiful vulture, the wonder uncovered digging through the grotesque, the sustaining viscera inside the carcass.”

About Us, Lammergeier

“Journeys to Earthsea” delves into the trips I’ve made over the decades to what is arguably the most famous fictional archipelago:

Narveduen. The name is what draws my eye. NAR-VE-DU-EN. The sound is what holds true. Surrounding it, the isles of Derhemen, Onon, and Hille. South and west, the scraps of rock above which dragons wheel in sunlight and glory. These details are only important in relation. Yet the relations themselves are important. For Narveduen, this isle I know only through the sound of its name, lies close to another isle I shall come to visit time and again: Selidor, the desolate heart, the farthest shore. But this comes later, always later—”

I had the honour to chat more about the piece and what it meant to me with Ashely Adams, Lammergeier’s nonfiction editor. You can read the full interview HERE. Until next time!

​Read the Essay Here

Feature image credit: Lip Kee

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