Crosscurrents North

Alaskans on the Environment

Edited by Marybeth Holleman and Anne Coray

Edited by Marybeth Holleman and Anne Coray

Distributed for University of Alaska Press

320 pages | 6 x 9
Paper $26.95 ISBN: 9781602230224 Published August 2008
The essays and poems collected in Crosscurrents North offer thoughtful meditations on the Alaska environment and the relationship between humans and nature. By distinguished writers such as John Haines, Nick Jans, Marjorie Kowalski Cole, Sherry Simpson, and Bill Sherwonit, these sixty-one compelling pieces celebrate the wildness and wonder of nature as well as the human impact on it. The writers tackle weighty topics such as the changing Alaska landscape and the impact of humans on its wild inhabitants, the effects of climate change, and the environmental side effects of architectural development, as well as tranquil meditations on the iconic bear and wolf or the plant world of berries, moss, and mushrooms. Jay Hammond, the former governor of Alaska, also contributes a foreword.
A clarion call for environmentalists and lovers of literature alike, Crosscurrents North challenges us to reconsider our relationship to the natural world.
 
Contents
Preface, by Bill McKibben
Foreword, by Jay Hammond
Introduction, by Marybeth Holleman
 
Poems and Essays
   If the Owl Calls Again, John Haines
   Your Land, Mike Burwell
   The Possibility of Witness, Carolyn Servid
   April, Tom Sexton
   A Voice for Shared Lands, Hank Lentfer
   August, Susan Alexander Derrera
   Respect Gaalee'ya, Howard Luke
   Continuing a Conversation on Place, Poetry, Love, Amy Crawford
   Slouching Toward Deer Rock, Daniel Henry
   Dingmait, Joan Kane
   Fall, Shannon Gramse
   Finding Refuge, Karen Jettmar
   Ice Auguries, Burns Cooper
   The Mighty Sand Lance, Martin Robards
   Morels, Jerah Chadwick
   Out of the Depths, Bill Sherwonit
   Walker Lake, Peggy Shumaker
   Fishing Grounds, Nancy Lord
   Withdraw, Joan Kane
   Wolf Wars, Nick Jans
   Election Day: Reading Chevigny and Thinking About Referendum Six, Anne Coray
   Partners on the Wheel: Dancing at the Vernal Equinox, Douglas Yates
   Two-Part Invention for Winter, Karen Tschannen
   Ghost Bear, Kaylene Johnson
   Light on the Kuskokwim, Alexandra Ellen Appel
   Standing on a Heart, Steve Kahn
   Cormorant Killer, Jerah Chadwick
   Facing East, R. Glendon Brunk
   Due North, Joan Kane
   The Experiment, Nancy Lord
   The Moving Out, John Morgan
   Going for Water, Karin Dahl
   Beached, Pamela A. Miller
   Drink, Molly Lou Freeman
   The Day the Water Died, Walter Meganack, Sr.
   October, Buffy McKay
   What Happens When Polar Bears Leave, Marybeth Holleman
   Bones, Amy Crawford
   Curry Ridge, Sally Carricaburu
   Tree Bonking, Ann Dixon
   In the Shelter of the Forest, Marjorie Kowalski Cole
   Wash Silver, Mike Burwell
   The Forest of Eyes, Richard Nelson
   Sweet Drug of the Backward Drag, Anne Coray
   Losing Out to Baseball, Motherhood, and Apple Pie, Susan Pope
   Garbage Bears, Hoonah, Ken Waldman
   Crossing Paths, Nick Jans
   Sweet Spring Grasses, Tom Sexton
   Precarious Preserve, Anne Coray
   The Man Who Skins Animals, John Haines
   Wondering Where the Whales Are, Eva Saulitis
   Otter Woman, Jo Going
   That Which Sustains Us, Joanna Wassillie
   The Ecology of Subsistence, Cathy Rexford
   The Middle Ground, Sherry Simpson
   Chatanika, Peggy Shumaker
   Ted and Me, Libby Roderick
   Denali, Tom Sexton
   The Cape, Marybeth Holleman
   Return to Richardson, Spring 1981, John Haines
   The Last Wolf, Mary TallMountain
 
Thematic Contents
Contributors
Acknowledgments
About the Editors
  
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