In Gravity National Park: Poems

Overview

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 ...
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Overview

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.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780874173222
  • Publisher: University of Nevada Press
  • Publication date: 8/1/1998
  • Series: Western Literature Series
  • Pages: 80
  • Product dimensions: 5.50 (w) x 8.50 (h) x 0.30 (d)

Table of Contents

Acknowledgments
Eleison 3
Drifting in Montana 4
An American Chinese 5
The Rebound 6
Living in at least two worlds 7
The Weight of Speech 9
For Carmen Quintana 10
All Souls Day 13
In Rock Springs, there will be a reading 14
Drinking in the Space 15
Grace 17
Winter in Parallel 19
Late Friday, in December 21
Aspens 23
I'll give night a body 24
Paths, Crossing 27
Independence Day, 1988 29
The Master of Small Engines 31
Between Wars: Spring 1992 33
Fires 35
Tableau 37
Hypolimnion 38
On Knife Point Glacier 39
Solvay Trona Mine, June 30, 1994 40
The Hag 43
The Closing of the Sky 45
In Gravity National Park 46
The Mink 51
Old cars and trucks 52
Elegy for Edward Abbey 53
The River 55
Looking up at you 57
Sacrament with pitcher pump 59
Early 60
Full October 61
Fishing for brookies in the Boulder Ditch 62
"Enter my dreams, love" 64
For the Listener 66
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