A panoramic view of the state in words and images; Oglethorpe's Dream unites the award-winning photography of Diane Kirkland with the beautifully powerful writing of David Bottoms, Georgia's poet laureate. The result is a stunning portrait of the lands, waters, culture, and people of Georgia. From the sea islands to the cities, from the wiregrass to the mountain forests, Kirkland gives us a gallery of spectacular images showcasing the state in its breadth, beauty, and diversity. Marrying landscape to history, Bottoms gives voice to a people filled with courage, pain, conviction, and, above all, hope. Together they capture the natural beauty of the diverse landscape, the richness of the state's storied past, and the essence of its spirited people. ""Isn't that what you always hoped for,"" Bottoms writes, ""to find a place...and yourself in that place?"" Oglethorpe's Dream helps us all to see a place called Georgia, and there to find something of ourselves.
Diane Kirkland is the senior photographer for the Georgia Department of Industry, Trade & Tourism. Her work has appeared in national and international publications, including the New York Times, Forbes, Time Magazine, USA Today, American Heritage, and Southern Living. David Bottoms is the poet laureate of the State of Georgia. His poems have appeared in The New Yorker, Harper's, The Paris, Review, Poetry, and many other publications as well as in numerous anthologies. His first book, Shooting Rats at the Bibb County Dump, was chosen by Robert Penn Warren as winner of the 1979 Walt Whitman Award of the Academy of American Poets. He is the author of four other books of poems and two novels.