A Ranch Bordering the Salty River

A Ranch Bordering the Salty River

by Stephen Page


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The book is the story (in verse and poetic prose) of Jonathan, a rancher who learns how to run a ranch in an environmentally conscious manner. He also learns how treat the animals humanely, and the employees justly. He ensures that a generous portion of land is kept feral as a wildlife refuge and a haven for local flora. As the years pass, he is daily battling cattle rustlers, horse thieves, contact hustlers, and to keep his family's ranch eco-friendly. The drama unfolds until . . .

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781635340358
Publisher: Finishing Line Press
Publication date: 09/23/2016
Pages: 48
Product dimensions: 5.50(w) x 8.50(h) x 0.12(d)

About the Author

Stephen Page is part Shawnee and part Apache. His other books of poetry include The Timbre of Sand (1999) and Still Dandelions (2004). He graduated from Palomar College, Columbia University (with honors), and Bennington College. He recieved a Jess Cloud Memorial Prize for Poetry, a Writer-in-Residence with stipend from the Montana Artists Refuge, a full Writer Fellowship from the Vermont Studio Center, an Imagination Grant from Cleveland State University, and an Arvon Foundation Ltd. Grant. His book reviews are published regularly in the Buenos Aires Herald and on Fox Chase Review. He also writes short stories, novels, screen plays. He has taught literature, ESL, and film studies. He loves family, spontaneous road trips, and throwing his cellphone into a large body of water.

Table of Contents

The Drought 1
On the Culture of Mate 2
Hen Eggs 3
Our Dog Dominic 6
Dear Santa Ana 8
The Malingerer 9
The Liberator 10
The Horseback Vet 11
Guias 12
I Was a Soldier 13
Tree Root 14
Transformations 16
Flora 17
The Tattler Thinking 19
My Re-edification 21
How September Begins for Jonathan 22
This Morning 23
Today, Yesterday, Waiting 25
The Day a Rabbit Fell Out of a Tree 26
Distant Trees 27
Glossary and References 28

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A Ranch Bordering the Salty River 4.5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 2 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
"Stephen Page's "A Ranch Bordering the Salty River" is a unique collection of poems whose main subject is an American managing a large ranch in Argentina. Generally an unsentimental account of chores, local workers and natural wonders, Page presents striking and convincing images and diction. The Wild West is still alive, but it's in South America" -- Ed Ochester, author Snow White Horses
Garrett Dennert More than 1 year ago
Stephen Page’s A Ranch Bordering the Salty River accomplishes something quite impressive just in its genre-bending layout: 20 pointed poems tell a story whose depth could span the breadth of a novel. More impressive, these poems stay with you; this story stays with you. The lingering power of A Ranch Bordering the Salty River is made possible by Page’s control over language. Not only are we granted what feels like exclusive access to wonderful imagery of the natural world, but we’re slow-dripped a cast of characters (and the ensuing plot) in a way that never feels forced or overwhelming. At the core of A Ranch Bordering the Salty River is Jonathan, a rancher who navigates the ups and downs of attempting to run an environmentally-conscious ranch alongside his wife. He's faced with various problems along the way if he is to stay true to the craft, and true to himself -- if he and the ranch are to live on, how are each of them to change? How is change to be handled? In this way, I think Jonathan strikes two different chords: 1) his passion for the outdoors is contagious; readers, too, will be drawn to the woods, to the sky, to the birds, and 2) as the world continues its debate over the causes and effects of climate change, Jonathan is an important character for readers to observe and learn from, no matter their area code. A Ranch Bordering the Salty River is an important book, and one Page graciously invites us into. One where he offers us a chair he’s built by hand and asks us to stay a while, to share some mate, to breathe.