An Inside Passage

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U of Nebraska Press, 2009 - Biography & Autobiography - 138 pages
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Although finding a way to feel at home in the world is ultimately the life?s work of us all, rarely has the search ranged as far or found as precise and moving an expression as it does in An Inside Passage. Winner of the 2008 River Teeth Literary Nonfiction Prize, Kurt Caswell?s narrative chronicles°his travels in the rugged mountain forests of Japan?s Shiretoko National Park,°on a vision quest in Death Valley, and to the sacred waters of the Ganges River. Whether contemplating a great blue heron as it rests riverside at the onset of a storm, reflecting on a beloved student?s untimely death, walking through the Navajo reservation, or receiving the blessing of a Hindu priest, Caswell unerringly finds the moment of truth. His journey also takes us across the landscape of his marriage, both its initial sweetness and its eventual failure. The ensuing inner dislocation echoes a larger estrangement that makes°more poignant°Caswell?s quest to find a place he can call home.
 

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This slim book won the 2008 River Teeth Literary Nonfiction Book Prize, a prize I had never heard of before. But after reading this beautiful collection of essays, I think I will have to search out ... Read full review

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Contents

California Rental
1
Five Country Walks
4
Fawn
21
The Way to Coss Creek
25
Letter to a Young Girl at Summers End
29
A Horse Builds a Woman in a Storm A Dream
35
A Matter for Heron
40
The Rescue
42
Banaue Tercet
52
Instructions at the Headwaters
66
The Best Thing about Marriage Is Divorce
70
Wild Man at Iouzan
87
Mountains Belong to People Who Love Them
95
Hunger at the Mountain
99
An Inside Passage
121
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About the author (2009)

Kurt Caswell is an assistant professor of creative writing and literature in the Honors College at Texas Tech University in Lubbock, Texas. His essays have appeared in numerous publications, including Isotope, Ninth Letter, Northern Lights, Potomac Review, and Matter.

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