Crosscurrents North: Alaskans on the Environment

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The essays and poems collected in Crosscurrents North offer thoughtful meditations on the Alaska environment and the relationship between humans and nature. By distinguished writers such as John Haines, Nick Jans, Marjorie Kowalski Cole, Sherry Simpson, and Bill Sherwonit, these sixty-one compelling pieces celebrate the wildness and wonder of nature as well as the human impact on it. The writers tackle weighty topics such as the changing Alaska landscape and the impact of humans on its wild inhabitants, the ...
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Overview

The essays and poems collected in Crosscurrents North offer thoughtful meditations on the Alaska environment and the relationship between humans and nature. By distinguished writers such as John Haines, Nick Jans, Marjorie Kowalski Cole, Sherry Simpson, and Bill Sherwonit, these sixty-one compelling pieces celebrate the wildness and wonder of nature as well as the human impact on it. The writers tackle weighty topics such as the changing Alaska landscape and the impact of humans on its wild inhabitants, the effects of climate change, and the environmental side effects of architectural development, as well as tranquil meditations on the iconic bear and wolf or the plant world of berries, moss, and mushrooms. Jay Hammond, the former governor of Alaska, also contributes a foreword.
A clarion call for environmentalists and lovers of literature alike, Crosscurrents North challenges us to reconsider our relationship to the natural world. 
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  • ISBN-13: 9781602230224
  • Publisher: University of Alaska Press
  • Publication date: 7/15/2008
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Pages: 320
  • Product dimensions: 6.00 (w) x 9.00 (h) x 0.90 (d)

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Marybeth Holleman is an award-winning essayist who teaches creative writing and women’s studies at the University of Alaska, Anchorage. Anna Coray is an award-winning poet and the author of Bone Strings.
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Table of Contents

Preface, by Bill McKibbenForeword, by Jay HammondIntroduction, by Marybeth Holleman Poems and Essays   If the Owl Calls Again, John Haines   Your Land, Mike Burwell   The Possibility of Witness, Carolyn Servid   April, Tom Sexton   A Voice for Shared Lands, Hank Lentfer   August, Susan Alexander Derrera   Respect Gaalee'ya, Howard Luke   Continuing a Conversation on Place, Poetry, Love, Amy Crawford   Slouching Toward Deer Rock, Daniel Henry   Dingmait, Joan Kane   Fall, Shannon Gramse   Finding Refuge, Karen Jettmar   Ice Auguries, Burns Cooper   The Mighty Sand Lance, Martin Robards   Morels, Jerah Chadwick   Out of the Depths, Bill Sherwonit   Walker Lake, Peggy Shumaker   Fishing Grounds, Nancy Lord   Withdraw, Joan Kane   Wolf Wars, Nick Jans   Election Day: Reading Chevigny and Thinking About Referendum Six, Anne Coray   Partners on the Wheel: Dancing at the Vernal Equinox, Douglas Yates   Two-Part Invention for Winter, Karen Tschannen   Ghost Bear, Kaylene Johnson   Light on the Kuskokwim, Alexandra Ellen Appel   Standing on a Heart, Steve Kahn   Cormorant Killer, Jerah Chadwick   Facing East, R. Glendon Brunk   Due North, Joan Kane   The Experiment, Nancy Lord   The Moving Out, John Morgan   Going for Water, Karin Dahl   Beached, Pamela A. Miller   Drink, Molly Lou Freeman   The Day the Water Died, Walter Meganack, Sr.   October, Buffy McKay   What Happens When Polar Bears Leave, Marybeth Holleman   Bones, Amy Crawford   Curry Ridge, Sally Carricaburu   Tree Bonking, Ann Dixon   In the Shelter of the Forest, Marjorie Kowalski Cole   Wash Silver, Mike Burwell   The Forest of Eyes, Richard Nelson   Sweet Drug of the Backward Drag, Anne Coray   Losing Out to Baseball, Motherhood, and Apple Pie, Susan Pope   Garbage Bears, Hoonah, Ken Waldman   Crossing Paths, Nick Jans   Sweet Spring Grasses, Tom Sexton   Precarious Preserve, Anne Coray   The Man Who Skins Animals, John Haines   Wondering Where the Whales Are, Eva Saulitis   Otter Woman, Jo Going   That Which Sustains Us, Joanna Wassillie   The Ecology of Subsistence, Cathy Rexford   The Middle Ground, Sherry Simpson   Chatanika, Peggy Shumaker   Ted and Me, Libby Roderick   Denali, Tom Sexton   The Cape, Marybeth Holleman   Return to Richardson, Spring 1981, John Haines   The Last Wolf, Mary TallMountain Thematic ContentsContributorsAcknowledgmentsAbout the Editors  
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