Horizon's Lens: My Time on the Turning World

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U of Nebraska Press, Sep 1, 2012 - Literary Collections - 256 pages
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In a lyrical memoir and meditation on the nature of time and place, Elizabeth Dodd explores a variety of landscapes, reading the records left by inhabitants and by time itself. In spring in the Yucat n peninsula, she marks the equinox among the ruins of the Maya. In summer in the Orkney Islands, she considers linguistic and historic connections with Icelandic sagas. In tallgrass country in the fall, she observes bison and black-footed ferrets returning to their ancestral landscape. In winter in the canyons of the Ancestral Puebloans, she notes the standstill positions of the sun and the moon.
˙Ranging across continents and millennia, Dodd examines how people have inscribed the concept of time into their physical environments, through rock art, standing stones, and the alignment of buildings on the landscape. She follows the etymological trail of various languages, blending research with travel narrative and aesthetic meditation. From musings on the origin of the sandhill cranes? transcontinental journey to reflections on the dimming light of shortening days as the winter solstice approaches, from depictions of exploding stars in ancient petroglyphs to meditations on the Great North Road, whose purpose scientists have yet to discover, Dodd captures the interstices of the natural world.
 

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HORIZON'S LENS: My Time on the Turning World

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From an essayist and poet whose forays into the natural world are also journeys into literature, linguistics, history, science and philosophy comes a collection of lyrical pieces.Dodd (English/Kansas ... Read full review

Contents

Solstitial
1
The Here and Now
9
Belt of Venus
31
Geochronicity
53
Assemblage
77
Standstill
91
Ruin
103
Megalithic North
125
The Middle Fork
147
Sinuous
159
Long Count
179
Isogloss
199
Constellation
215
Selected Bibliography
229
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About the author (2012)

Elizabeth Dodd is University Distinguished Professor of English at Kansas State University. Her books include In the Mind?s Eye: Essays across the Animate World (Nebraska, 2008).

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