Magpie Rising: Sketches from the Great Plains (2020)

Magpie Rising: Sketches from the Great Plains Merrill Gilfillan Magpie Rising Sketches from the Great Plains 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 ball
  • Title: Magpie Rising: Sketches from the Great Plains
  • Author: Merrill Gilfillan
  • ISBN: 9780803271074
  • Page: 170
  • Format: Paperback
Magpie Rising: Sketches from the Great Plains Merrill Gilfillan 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 gThe 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 caf 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.
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  1. Ron

    This book is a collection of the author s notes, impressions, vignettes, short essays and verbal fragments he calls them sketches They were written during 1983 86 as Gilfillian crisscrossed the Great Plains from Canada to Texas he says he drove 50,000 miles , stopping here and there sometimes in cities and small towns, sometimes off road to take out a sharpened pencil and note what was there to be noticed Gilfillian is a poet with language, and his perceptions are informed by a wide knowledge of [...]

  2. Ed

    Mostly a worthwhile read, if you re in a meditative frame of mind Gilfillan describes the plains in even loving detail than Stegner doesdeed that s really all this book is about This makes it a little ponderous and overbearing at times, and occasionally his florid metaphors fall on their faces ornate language that sounds fine but leaves me ultimately feeling empty What does he mean by this exactly describing Willa Cather s old homestead So we are given a human life incandescent in its arc, an A [...]

  3. Jeff

    Gilfillan, whose family is from the Great Plains, but who grew up in Ohio, writes about the desert plains of West Texas, the Nebraska Black HIlls landscape, the area of Eastern Colorado around the Cimarron River, and the towns and roads of the upper Missouri What ties these differing landscapes together is Gilfillan s habit of al fresca writing writing outdoors The book is based in description, little concerned to expose Gilfillan s family or professional circumstances, and lyrically attuned to [...]

  4. David

    This book is for people who like the names of rivers, and every now and again Gilfillan drops in a sentence or two about food that make the simplest food sound like the tastiest in the world like a tiny Hibachi grill will new potatoes wrapped in foil and leftover roasted chicken, and the author sitting in a lawn chair watching the sun set into the Great Plains, etcThis isn t really travel literature, though That s how they blurb it, but it smacks of something different As a prefatory note says, [...]

  5. kasia

    Gorgeous, sparse essays At moments, you can almost feel the wind on your face Really wonderful homage to the American plains.

  6. Dean

    Gilfillan is one of those wonderfully excellent writers that are so easy to miss His slim books capture many of the places that I have spent my life in the high plains of the west.

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