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In Gravity National Park: Poems

In Gravity National Park: Poems

by C.L. Rawlins
     
 
C.L. Rawlins is one of the finest poets of the West writing today. A mountaineer and field hydrologist, he approaches nature and the environment expertly and unsentimentally. In accessible yet wonderfully crafted poems, he speaks poignantly of many of the major issues of our time. Rawlins treats the world of the human heart as well, with wit and humor and great

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C.L. Rawlins is one of the finest poets of the West writing today. A mountaineer and field hydrologist, he approaches nature and the environment expertly and unsentimentally. In accessible yet wonderfully crafted poems, he speaks poignantly of many of the major issues of our time. Rawlins treats the world of the human heart as well, with wit and humor and great humanity. In Gravity National Park is muscular yet subtle, and this exciting collection culminates in a dazzling (and very rare) double sestina, "Solvay Trona Mine".

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A scientist and writer on the environment (Broken Country) speaks plainly in verse that properly belongs in this series devoted to literature of the West. A regionalist in the best sense, Rawlins embraces the ferocity and majesty of nature, and ends all his poems with a location, though it's not clear whether the place indicates where he's writing about or where he wrote the poem, so it seems an affectation. He's also guilty of an occasional pose in his tough-guy poems about cowboy bars and lonely nights. Rawlins respects the natural world, 'where nothing listens, and the real work begins,' and hopes to describe as it is: large-scaled, dangerous, and marvelous, whether he's watching grouse mate out of season, or communing with the spirit in a cathedral-like forest. 'Solva Trona Mine, June 30, 1994,' a long poem describing his descent into a vast underground, hauntingly captures the panic and awe he experiences 1,600 feet below. Rawlins' tales of fire and death respect the land with the same anarchic realism as Edward Abbey, whom he eulogizes as a desert saint.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780874173222
Publisher:
University of Nevada Press
Publication date:
08/01/1998
Series:
Western Literature Series
Pages:
80
Product dimensions:
5.50(w) x 8.50(h) x 0.30(d)

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John Elder
As he gives himself to the ceaseless pressure of the winds and undertakes the long, bumpy roads that stretch between him and so many that he loves, C.L. Rawlins also finds a world of gritty miracles. This collection, with its cadences as subtle and shifting as the weather, vividly evokes the high-plains country of the poet's heart.

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