John Frohnmayer holds academic degrees in American history, ethics and law from Stanford, Chicago and Oregon. He was Chairman of the National Endowment for the Arts during the first Bush Administration. A frequent commentator in print and on radio, he is a competitive rower, avid skier, and worried citizen. He lives in Albany, Oregon.
Title by John Frohnmayer
Skiing and the Poetry of Snow
Poetry comes as close as language can to capturing that out-of-body lightness of swishing through the trees, of jumping off a cornice, of floating through the bottomless powder. This book is about joy and loss. It is about danger and consciousness. It is provocative, full of wit and insight, and helps us meet the challenges of self-discovery. Peak experiences give us a glimpse of a world beyond what our senses report. It is a world we can feel but not articulate; know but not describe. In the poet’s words, the sight is within us—speak and it is gone. The bliss of memory persuades us it is real.