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Magpie Rising: Sketches from the Great Plains

Magpie Rising: Sketches from the Great Plains (Paperback)

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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.

Travel & MapsPlaces & peoples: pictorial works Publisher: University of Nebraska Press Publication Date: 01/03/2003 ISBN-13: 9780803271074  Details: Type: Paperback Format: Books
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Merrill Gilfillan is the author of a collection of essays titled Chokecherry Places: Essays from the High Plains in addition to two books of short stories and seven books of poetry.

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