Local author Alan Webb is hosting a book signing event for his recently released book “A Season’s Learning” on Wednesday.
Webb, a 33-year-old who grew up in Rich Square, said his book was a poetic memoir about nature and human beings.
“These poems are a collection of daily observations of her lingering presence,” he said. “There are many wonderful and beautiful things about the great outdoors. Every account is meaningful in its own way. There are so many things we miss, and then there are so many things we can’t prevent seeing and noticing.
Based on his personal accounts, Webb said there is a theme associated with the flow of time and the progression of the natural world.
“All of these events are woven together, forming a bond,” he said. “I felt compelled to capture some of the experiences I witnessed.”
When asked what sparked his interest in writing his book, Webb said his interest in nature stemmed from his upbringing in a rural area.
“So there’s a cornucopia of inspiration to experiment with,” he said. “There are so many things that we miss, and then there are so many things that we can’t help but see and notice. I found myself reading some of the works of Henry David Thoreau, Robert Frost, WB Yeats and Matsuo Basho. Sometimes I feel like nature doesn’t get the credit it deserves, so I decided to dedicate a book of poetry to its efforts. I find writing very therapeutic.
Webb said that God has a hand in the phenomenon.
“God is everywhere and has been there since the dawn of creation,” he said. “Nature only illustrates the majestic presence of God. There are the celestial movements of morning, day and night. These movements are in rhythm with us. Behavioral patterns of humans and animals. Flowers that bud and bloom in the spring. The sun shines in all its directions. The rate of rain as it hits the ground. There are so many reasons to be grateful in life. God has provision and is prominent and inescapable.
Webb said he considers himself an outdoorsman and there’s nothing like getting a breath of fresh air. One of his favorite hobbies is fishing, he says. Webb said he also enjoys birdwatching and maintaining a garden, as well as taking occasional photos.
“You can learn so much from personal experiences and observations of nature,” he said. “Through this bond, we grow.”
When asked what he wanted readers to take away from his book, Webb said nature can awaken a deeper understanding of self.
“You can discover sides of yourself that you didn’t know before,” he said. “I hope this can inspire you to make a positive change.”
Webb mentioned that he wants people to invest in climate change, environmental justice, and conservation efforts.
“We only have one planet,” he said.
When asked if there was a poem in his book that meant anything to him, Webb provided a bit:
The seasons come and go on the chariot of time,
Joy and memories left behind,
The revival of nature is undeniable,
We are a testimony of humanity,
Linked to our ongoing stories,
As change comes to our lives,
The shape of the circles drawn by God,
transcends mathematical understanding,
With the great life cycles of this planet,
The seasons are sisters, each with a trait,
Teaching us lessons and guiding our destiny.
Webb’s dedication event will be held Wednesday from 1 to 2:30 p.m. at the Northampton Memorial Library, located at 207 W. Jefferson St. in Jackson.
“I would like to thank Shane Deruise, Sheila Moses and Kimberly Hockaday for the blurbs,” Webb said. “They are also writers and have great books.”