Where the Crooked River Rises

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  • Format: Paperback
  • Copyright: 2010-10-31
  • Publisher: Oregon State Univ Pr
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There is an otherness to the high desert, something momentous and sacred in the purity of the silence. In this compelling collection of personal essays, award-winning poet and author Ellen Waterston illuminates the people, places, and landscape of Central Oregon's vast high desert.InWhere the Crooked River Rises,Waterston reveals the blessings and challenges of decades spent as a rancher and town resident in a place that "has been, and remains," her touchstone and crucible. The high desert is Waterston's teacher, and she describes its lessons with grace and care, inviting readers to look at their own lives through a lens of wide-open spaces, sagebrush and juniper, pumice and rabbit brush.

Table of Contents

Prologuep. 12
Blue Bucket Goldp. 15
Rock Houndp. 21
The Old Hackleman Place: An Obituaryp. 29
The Church of the High Desertp. 36
That's Deepp. 46
PauMaup. 50
Last Logp. 56
The Main Thingp. 61
Looking Up to Lowp. 67
What One Thingp. 72
Take A Riverp. 81
Highest Best Usep. 86
A Tribute to Van and Helen Houston: "Trapping Coyotes"p. 92
Cows Kill Salmonp. 98
Two Alicesp. 104
Morally Certainp. 115
Day In Courtp. 125
Upper Country Newsp. 135
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