Speak to Him thou for He hears, and Spirit with Spirit can meet—
Closer is He than breathing, and nearer than hands and feet.
Alfred Lord Tennyson, The Higher Pantheism
Here, you can find understanding in the peripheral places: down a storm water drain, within a willow tree’s grain—or, at sea, in that hazy line where water meets sky. Closer than Breathing seeks the inner light in an incredulous world. Here, an agnostic glimpses faith in a butterfly’s wings; an exile finds her way home on a mythical steed; and a young girl faces the world's end with a song. Closer than Breathing reveals the monumental in life’s detritus with a precision that is both anatomical and sublime.
R.I. Sutton’s illustrated volume revives the tradition of the tale—that distinctive literary form exemplified by such writers as Nathaniel Hawthorne, Hermann Hesse and Karen Blixen. In unique, limited edition, this work is typeset, letterpress printed and bound by the author’s own hands.