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A High Uintas Bookshelf

In this column we’ll list 2-4 interesting articles, books or the like that have caught our attention. They aren’t necessarily recent or recently read-- sort of a random compilation. Within a year, hopefully, we’ll have an established and detailed reading list. It won’t be complete without your additions. Please send suggestions and a descriptive sentence or two.

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This month's reviews are by LYNX editor Margaret Pettis

NATURE WALKS: Insight and Advice for Observant Ramblers. Cathy Johnson. Stackpole Books, Mechanicsburg, PA. l994.
Walks by water. Desert rat. Walking through weather. Nightwatch. The chapters of Cathy Johnson’s fine book are a wonderful reminder of why we love to walk in the wild places of Utah. Her keen eye and instructive manner encourage us to look, sketch and relish what we find.

Nature: Poems Old and New. May Swenson. Houghton Mifflin and the estate of May Swenson. Boston. 1994.
The immense talent of May Swenson is evident in her poems collected here in the name of Nature. Hers is an approachable body of work, a delightful eye on the world, a way of the teacher of keen observation and delectable language. Buy her books; savor them. Nature is exceptional. Enjoy this one:


The brushy and hairy,
tassely and slippery

willow, phragmite,
cattail, goldenrod.

The fluttery, whistley
water-dimpling divers,

waders, shovelers,
coots and rocking scaup.

Big blue, little green,
horned grebe, godwit,

bufflehead, ruddy,
marsh hawk, clapper rail.

Striated water
and striated feather.

The breast of the sunset.
The phalarope’s breast.

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