Download e-book for kindle: Having Everything Right: Essays of Place by Kim Stafford, Robert Michael Pyle

By Kim Stafford, Robert Michael Pyle

ISBN-10: 1940436400

ISBN-13: 9781940436401

A number of essays first released in 1986, Having every thing Right revolves round the background, folklore, and actual fantastic thing about the Pacific Northwest. by way of style the publication comes closest to books like Wallace Stegner’s Wolf Willow or the essay collections of Edward Abbey and Wendell Berry, books that mix own imaginative and prescient and local evocation. Stafford's essays during this culture variety from the direct exploration of "A stroll in Early might" to the summary meditation of "Out of This global with Chaucer and the Astronauts," to the familial and social reflections of "The nice melancholy as Heroic Age." Animating all of them is the feel that there's pleasure in figuring out the world-and the assumption that actual figuring out brings, as Stafford says, "a swap of heart." Stafford writes poetic and evocative prose as he displays on such matters as Indian position names, bears, and native eccentrics.

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A long day’s winding drive from La Grande had left me numb with the car’s buzz, and abrupt dark silence was impossible to believe. But the tall stems of the trees made no sound. My ears were clouded with engine throb and tire whine. The whisper of stars I thought I heard was only a tune my head-bone played. Where I slid into the thin summer bag, I felt a bump of rock dent the small of my back. Sleep blurred my eyes, but I begged the rock to keep me wakeful. Tomorrow, I would drive down a valley that had burned my imagination, a place early trappers called The Big Hole.

But some set down their champagne cups to press outward against tall windows, as lightning came faster toward us over the grid of streets, the jagged light that started fires that night all over Montana. I stepped toward the bright hot ribbons hanging down, and the din of our talk was hushed.

There, I had seen the bear aim straight this way. There was no alternative for her but to come up over the hump of ground to meet me. If she turned, I would see her on the open ground to either side. From here, I would see first the black hackles of her back like a ruffled wave over the sage horizon, then the bobbing rims of her ears, then her small, close-set eyes, her lips pulled back to pant—and then I would stand up slowly. My fear brightened the hillside as with sweat. Every tongue of sage leaf glittered, and the sand before me was exact with sunlight.

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