Range of Light: Poems

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LSU Press, 2007 - Poetry - 73 pages
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In Range of Light, Catharine Savage Brosman offers lyrical and narrative poems about the American West and Southwest, from Wyoming to New Mexico to California. She explores three different types of ranges-mountains, grazing ranges, and the scope and spectrum of light, a constant motif. Employing a variety of verse forms, she evokes the landscapes, animals, folk art, prehistoric peoples, and historical figures of this captivating area. Scenes and objects are not inert, but humanized by the action of past figures or by observers, seeing the West, modifying it through their presence and being modified in turn: Green emotion binds / the muscled landscape to our gaze. The region as a whole, with its tremendous differences and varied history, but shared identity, comes alive under Brosman's touch-to be experienced and admired. Catharine Savage Brosman's poetry collections include Places in Mind and The Muscled Truce, among others. A native of Colorado and a longtime resident of New Orleans, she is a professor emerita of French at Tulane University. Her work has appeared in numerous publications, including La Nouvelle Revue Franaise, Europe (Paris), Critical Quarterly, and Sewanee Review.
 

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in the abajo mountains
1
mudpots
3
moraine
4
aspen in a burn
5
in the wind river range
6
enos mills on the divide
7
great sand dunes
9
indian paintbrush
11
potsherds
35
llano estacado
36
cholla
38
in the zuni lands
39
petroglyphs
41
sage
42
sunset with red rain
43
painted desert
44

strattons gold
12
conejos rising
14
moon on the conejos river
15
blue herons
16
snow in taos
18
la glorieta
20
prickly pear
22
at los gallos
23
weavings
24
great pine
25
a taos hymn
27
ghost ranch
28
georgias ladders
30
at bishops lodge
32
raspberries
33
blue spruce santa fé
34
sand paintings
45
dust devil
46
plums
47
grand staircase
48
the narrows
50
stillwater marsh
52
joshua trees
53
frémont in the granite range
54
bristlecone pines
56
frémont in california
57
kachinas
59
mesquite
60
canyon wrens
61
Notes
62
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