"When dawn spreads its paintbrush on the plain, spilling purple... ," Songs of the Pioneers song from TV show "Wagon Train." Dawn on the mythic Santa Fe Trail, New Mexico, looking toward Raton from Cimarron. -- Clarkphoto. A curmudgeon's old-fashioned newspaper column, cross-breeding metaphors and journalism and art, for readers in 150 countries.

Tuesday, November 17, 2009

Seeing the world as poetry

Prolific, that's what she is

Check the blog Old Mossy Moon by K. Lawson Gilbert of Pennsylvania....she says she sees the world as poetry...great writing...and our common ancestor? Whitman of course!

But mine is seasoned by Conrad, especially Heart of Darkness--a favorite copy of which sits on my desk-- and John McPhee, Larry McMurtry, A River Runs Through It, and more than a dash of journalism, including Hemingway and Faulkner and Rick Bass and Rick Bragg...also enriched with my Confederate and Texan and Grizzly Bear genetics. But this woman can write!

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