Head - Waters (Left Bank, No. 7)
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Titel: Head - Waters (Left Bank, No. 7)
Verlag: Blue Heron Publishing December 1994
Auflage: 1st Edition
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From the editor's foreword: "You are invited to dive into the wide expanse of our theme: from the politics of water with Marc Reisner (Cadillac Desert) who veers from his previous attacks on California's rice growers, when a traditional enemy also changes course; to the influence of rivers on personal growth in Jeff Smith's essay on extricating himself from past drownings; to water as the setting for racism depicted in Ed Edmo's painful memoir on swimming pools; to the search for water in the desert in Ellen Meloy's sardonic Las Vegas tale; to water as killer in Pam Houston's (Cowboys Are My Weakness) story of a grueling white-water ride. You can swim with dolphins, get baptized, drown, meet the shysters who sold us a dried up water philosophy, cruise the lesbian ocean, become water, flood cities, and fish for the big ones. "Join us in celebrating water, and deep wells." Head/Waters seemed like a marvelously ambiguous theme. It wasn't quickly arrived at, though, with the discussion staff being pretty darned ambiguous, too. When we finally started soliciting cornerstone pieces from several authors, we began to realize that we might have a flood that would be hard to contain between the covers of a book. That made us happy. When we put out the general call for submissions, we were blown away by the response and the amazing range of takes on the theme. We had a blast. You will too. Here, in order of appearance, are the contributors: Susan Zwinger, William deBuys, Stephen J. Beard, Ellen Meloy, Ken Olsen, Aaron Johanson, Nancy Lord, Gary Snyder, Marusya Bociurkiw, Pam Houston, Brenda Peterson, George Johanson, David James Duncan, Jesssica Maxwell, Joan Skogan, Rick Rubin, Lorian Hemingway, Ed Edmo, Jeffery Smith.From Publishers Weekly:
In the past, Blue Heron's Left Bank series has assigned writers as disparate as Tess Gallagher and Ken Kesey to such themes as extinction and sex. Seventh of the Left Bank series, Head/Waters features established and emerging writers at work concerning the planet's most abundant, and possibly most threatened, natural resource. Each poem, short story and essay included offers a glimpse into this often personified force. The tickling, soothing waters of poet Gary Snyder's "Flowing" can hardly be the same deadly rapids Pam Houston's characters face in "Selway," a short story as much about men and women as water. Baptism and drowning offer new beginnings and tidy ends to Lorian Hemingway and Jeffery Smith, whose personal essays veil a deeper sense of natural history and loss. In the 19th-century, reclamationist William E. Smythe attempted to capture and capitalize on water's ubiquitous allure, only to fall victim, as William deBuys points out in "You Can Be in My Dream if I Can Be in Yours," to a blurred utopian vision of a verdant Southwest. Now more than 100 years later, California rice farming threatens to drain the Sacramento River. There are no smart environmental answers offered here, only individual visions of what remains and what might become of our planet's water.
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