December 5, 2020
Goat Light is as much about the perception of homecoming as it is about the lessons from living dearly with animals. As Jill writes in one of the essays, “there is kinship in survival.”
Goat Light is a beautiful, folded-gathered-and-bound limited edition book.
Rugged and meditative, evocative and exact, Tom Rankin and Jill McCorkle’s married perspectives make for a book that is as much like a Saturday art exhibit as a visit to their family farm.
For the days—spanning from before the Obama years into the next administration—Tom Rankin (Duke University) and Jill McCorkle (NC State) would wake to and return steadily home after work, to their farm, in North Orange County.
Over time Jill and Tom have shared life with too many goats to count, though Jane is certainly a star. And dogs! Rufus, Okra, Zeno, Frankie and Lena also appear, but the other three are most prominent.