New Book Released Connects Elephants and the Human Experience

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"Valleys of Ivory" book of poetry connects elephants to the human experience.

Elephants are used as a metaphor for the human experience

Author and Poet William Myles Evans released a new book of poetry Friday titled "Valleys of Ivory." The book connects elephants to the human experience, exploring how the two run parallel journeys in life.

Evans said the inspiration of the book started with a question he had a year ago, “Where do elephants go to die?” At the same time, he was beginning to pen his second book of poetry. “It all kind of came together for me. The lives of elephants resonating with the human experience, how we are really not that different, and in the end we all travel to this special place of tranquility,” he said.

Evans developed three chapters in his book of poetry titled “Valleys of Ivory” that he says represent the broad stages of life. Commencement, Journey and Reunion provide a glimpse into the author’s lens of the human experience told through the voices and footsteps of humans, while the reader is introduced at the beginning of each chapter to a description of how elephants and humans share common characteristics.

“For me, writing ‘Valleys of Ivory’ has been a journey of self-reflection and discovery in listening to and observing others as they describe their stories of existence,” he said. “The focus of the book isn’t on elephants, but elephants are used as a metaphor for the human experience. I believe the book celebrates how humans travel connected paths through time, relationships and family, much like elephants do.”

William Myles Evans is an assistant professor in the Department of Public Health Education at the University of North Carolina – Greensboro. He also is the author of “Virgin Snow: A book of poetry.”

“Valleys of Ivory” can be found at and other book retailers and is also available in e-book form. To contact the author, email wmevans(at)uncg(dot)edu.

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