Living and Writing the New American West

Table of Contents

If the mountains were actually ennobling I would have noticed it by now.

— Jim Harrison, “Geopiety”

Table of Contents

Essays by Ron Hansen and Antonya Nelson can be read online at Google Books.

Introduction by LYNN STEGNER

LOUISE ERDRICH, Big Grass

LARRY WOIWODE, Wealth of the West

LARRY WATSON, Whose West? Which West? West of What?

DAN O’BRIEN, Viewed from Ground Level

KENT MEYERS, Naked Time

RON HANSEN, Why the West?

JONIS AGEE, The Fence

ANTONYA NELSON, Two or Three Places

RICK BASS, The Light at the Bottom of the Mind

ALLISON ADELLE HEDGE COKE, Points

JIM BARNES, Between the Sans Bois and the Kiamichi

LARRY MCMURTRY, Excerpt from Walter Benjamin at the Dairy Queen

SUSANNA SONNENBERG, Slurry, Drainage, Frontage Road

JIM HARRISON, Geopiety

JIM HARRISON, River Sequence I–VII

GARY FERGUSON, Wolf and Coyote and Kumbaya

JUDY BLUNT, What We Leave

ED KEMMICK, Reading Montana

DAN AADLAND, Ranching in Suburbia

RUSSELL ROWLAND, Chasing the Lamb

ANNICK SMITH, The Summer of Now

JOHN CLAYTON, The Native Home of Governors on Horseback

WILLARD WYMAN, The Way Home

MELISSA KWASNY, The Imaginary Book of Cave Paintings

WALTER KIRN, Livingston Blows

WILLIAM KITTREDGE, Where Should We Be?

ALYSON HAGY, Self-Portrait as the Strong and Silent Type

KENNETH LINCOLN, Blood West

LEE ANN RORIPAUGH, Motherlands and Mother Tongues: Five Reflections on Language and Landscape

C. J. BOX, Blame It on Rancho Deluxe

TERESA JORDAN, The Conceit of Girls

BETH LOFFREDA, Pinus Contorta

GRETEL EHRLICH, Where the Burn Meets the Dead

STEPHEN GRAHAM JONES, Two Illustrations of the West, the first being second-hand, the second first

LAURA PRITCHETT, Cowboy Up, Cupcake? No Thanks

PATRICIA NELSON LIMERICK, The Fatal West

PAGE LAMBERT, A Shape-Shifting Land

TOM MILLER, Moving West, Writing East

GARY NABHAN, Tasting a Sense of Place in the Arid West

DENISE CHÁVEZ, Entre Mundos/Between Worlds

DAVID LEE, Matins in the Cathedral of Wind

KIM BARNES, On Language: A Short Meditation

RON CARLSON, Utah Cabin Under Heaven, July 3

DEBRA GWARTNEY, Plucked from the Grave

ROBERT WRIGLEY, Two Poems:

Progress

County

STEPHEN TRIMBLE, Tumbling Toward the Sea

TERRY TEMPEST WILLIAMS, Friendship

AMY IRVINE, Red

JIM HEPWORTH, Growing Up Western

CHARLES BOWDEN, No Direction Home

SALLY DENTON, Beyond This Place There Be Dragons

DOUGLAS UNGER, City of Nomads, City of Second Chances

URSULA K. LE GUIN, Places Names

JOHN DANIEL, East to the West

DAVID GUTERSON, Three Poems:

Closed Mill

Neighbors

White Firs

CRAIG LESLEY, Celilo Falls

BARRY LOPEZ, A Dark Light in the West: Racism and Reconciliation

DAVID MAS MASUMOTO, Dirty Stories

GARY SNYDER, Two Poems:

The Black-tailed Hare

Covers the Ground

LOUIS B. JONES, “It’s Like They Tilted the Whole Country East-to-West. And Everything that Wasn’t Tied-Down Slid”

PETER FISH, Star Struck

MAXINE HONG KINGSTON, Dias de los Muertos

HAROLD GILLIAM, The San Francisco Psyche

JANE HIRSHFIELD, Three Poems:

The Supple Deer

Building and Earthquake

The Dark Hour

GREG SARRIS, Maria Evangeliste

KRIS SAKNUSSEMM, Headed

PAGE STEGNER, The Sense of No Place

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