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By Walter McDonald, Wyman Meinzer

ISBN-10: 0896725065

ISBN-13: 9780896725065

An enduring tribute to the land that bore a nation photographer and nation poet laureateClarity, concentration, and startling aspect are the stuff of lasting images--in poetry or images. it's all approximately beholding, approximately taking in what's ours to absorb--if simply we are going to. Little can crush the senses greater than our nice lonely plains, expanses of sky and horizon so huge, immense that usually composition will get misplaced in among. Who higher, then, to light up what might elude us than a local kingdom photographer and local kingdom poet laureate?Although Meinzer and McDonald have either committed careers to seeing and celebrating those plains, garnering major honors and awards alongside the way in which, neither had learned how a lot his paintings spoke to the other's. Now seventy-seven pairs of poems and colour pictures testify to the kinship of poet, photographer, and we all who inhabit their territory. chosen from 1000s of images and poems, those pairs express marvelous concord of imaginative and prescient and insights in regards to the large, large plains, their dramatic colours, and the calm, lively those who thrive underneath their sprawling skies, accepting the hazards and elegance of all of it.

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My big sister teased, her gawky girlfriends howled, and someone screamed Tar baby! I swear I tugged, cursing the only words I had learned, squashed down in July asphalt like a bug, like Captain Marvel in the comics turned into a tree, unable to budge. And of all days, on my birthday. Carl would see me soon, and Mary Jane, all kids I knew pointing on the curb and dancing. Like a god roaring up on his motorcycle, my brother dismounted and stared. Tucking a Camel in his lips, he lit and flipped the match away, came strolling down, fists doubled, snorting smoke, not smiling.

By cactus parched like salt blocks, we reined and dismounted, no town, no houses anywhere. In a year of drought, we hired a drilling rig and unloaded. Our fists learned quickly how to witch, ears tingling with the clang and crash of steel, shouting advice, calling each other for help in sudden wells, cool water gushing from the earth. Tonight under a roof of snow, we flounce a blanket and let it fall, crawl under and fold each other close with all the heat we own. 19 In Spring, the Cedar Waxwings Often, when I travel to auctions or haul cattle to market, my wife stays home to paint or write the grandkids, water jays and cardinals and in spring, the cedar waxwings.

I’ll never be granite, but sand, the sift on plastic after coffee beans are ground, the sticky stuff on a spoon. Lord of more than a pound of brain and a voice box, I’m breath under pressure, a coffee can pierced by a blade that spins until the lid pops loose. Wherever puff goes, leaving dregs when the last cup’s gone, I’ll follow, wherever You are. I don’t know where or when, but know I’ll go there soon. 16 A Round Horizon without a Town A Round Horizon without a Town Cool Water Gushing from the Earth Drifts of snow at barbed-wire posts make starving coyotes ours.

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