Magpie Rising: Sketches from the Great Plains (Paperback)
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Magpie Rising: Sketches from the Great Plains (Paperback)

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Paperback 194 Pages / Published: 01/03/2003
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The rolling, billowing, delicate landscape of Nebraska's Sandhills; the tombstone of Billy the Kid-stolen so often that it must be caged and shackled-in Fort Sumner, New Mexico; an intercontinental ballistic missile trundling down a highway under heavy guard in Weld County, Colorado; cottonwoods and cranes, faded hotels and abandoned trailers painted aqua and purple; the ghosts of Pawnees, Cheyennes, and Kiowas and generations of settlers whose descendants now grouse in a cafe in Heimdahl, North Dakota, or roar off to a bikers convention in Sturgis, South Dakota. These are some of the things that catch Merrill Gilfillan's eye and ear in this radiant collection of essays. Written with a poetic economy that often attains grandeur, Magpie Rising is an exhilarating tour of the Great Plains-its geography, wildlife, history, mythology, and food, its vast spaces and weirdly synchronous time. This is nature writing at its most evocative and insightful.

Publisher: University of Nebraska Press
ISBN: 9780803271074
Number of pages: 194
Weight: 227 g
Dimensions: 216 x 140 x 11 mm


MEDIA REVIEWS
"This is a book to be read as a poet's experiment in prose, slowly and with attention to the language."-Sue Hubbell, New York Times Book Review * New York Times Book Review *
"Gilfillan is a careful observer of the outward elements of the land-its shapes, its plant life, its birds. . . . His pieces sparkle with invention and insight when he merges the landscape with interior voices of history and myth."-Steve Paul, Kansas City Star -- Steve Paul * Kansas City Star *
"This is an elliptical collection of essays; they flare with intensity, then wobble and dip as if Gilfillan were breathing in the landscape as he wrote and patches of it's beauty staggered him. Certain passages read like the love letters of a bachelor farmer-unexpected passion rising up in what seemed a barren spot."-Nancy Fay, Southwest Book Views -- Nancy Fay * Southwest Book Views *

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