Getting Over the Color Green: Contemporary Environmental Literature of the Southwest

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Scott Slovic
University of Arizona Press, 2001 - Nature - 377 pages
Desert vistas are often deemed vacant, inhospitable wastelands. Don't suggest that to Joy Harjo, Pat Mora, or other contemporary southwestern writers. In these arid stretches, often devoid of green, today's southwestern writers see pyrotechnic colors and Gothic shapes that excite and often overwhelm the imagination. And they capture this excitement in words that fix these desert images in the minds of readers who may too often look at the world through green-colored glasses. This anthology of contemporary nature writing from the Greater Southwest brings together a host of writers including peers of Edward Abbey such as Charles Bowden and Ann Zwinger and representatives of a new generation of writers such as Rick Bass and Terry Tempest Williams. The book is an eclectic blend of nonfiction and fiction, field notes and poetry, through which artists of diverse backgrounds both celebrate and illuminate the unique vitality and complexity of southwestern literature— proving that green is only one of many colors on their palette. The selections included here range all across the southwestern landscape and explore adventures in the wild, topics in natural history, living close to the land, and efforts at conservation and restoration. They clearly demonstrate that there is grace and beauty in this often-maligned part of the world— both in the human traditions that have developed in the region and in the natural features of the desert itself.
 

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Contents

Ann Haymond Zwinger
88
Adventures in the Wild
95
Karen Brennan
105
Suzanne Freeman
120
Barbara Kingsolver
128
Sharman Apt Russell
136
Leslie Ryan
148
Reg Saner
162
The Motion of Songs Rising
264
Voices of Conservation and Restoration
275
Jimmy Santiago Baca
282
David James Duncan
293
Lisa Gerber
301
Joy Harjo
309
Gregory McNamee
318
John Nichols
331

On the Back of the Dragon
180
Living Close to the Land
195
Pat Mora
221
SimonJ Ortiz
236
Benjamin Alire Saenz
249
Rebecca Solnit
340
About the Contributors
359
About the Editor
373
Gary Short
376
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Scott Slovic teaches environmental literature and directs the Center for Environmental Arts and Humanities at the University of Nevada, Reno. He served as the founding president of the Association for the Study of Literature and Environment (ASLE) and is the author of Seeking Awareness in American Nature Writing and coeditor of Being in the World: An Environmental Reader for Writers.

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