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Red Colt Canyon Paperback – June 1, 1999

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About the Author

Laurie Wagner Buyer was born in Scotland, raised in suburbs and on Air Forces bases around the world, but came West in 1975. She worked on ranches in Montana and Wyoming, before settling, in 1988, with her husband, Mick, on his cow-calf operation on the South Fork of the South Platte River near Fairplay, Colorado. She has worked as a geological research assistant for the Department of the Interior, a business manager for a theater group, an assistant librarian, an administrative assistant to a board of county commissioners and a manager for a fly fishing resort.

Laurie is the recipient of a 1999 Literature Artist Fellowship Award from the Colorado Council on the Arts.


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Product Details

  • Paperback: 88 pages
  • Publisher: Music Mountain Press; First Edition edition (June 1, 1999)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0965612686
  • ISBN-13: 978-0965612685
  • Product Dimensions: 9 x 6 x 0.3 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 4.8 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,739,437 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Poet, memoirist, and novelist Laurie Wagner Buyer Jameson spent over thirty years living in the backwoods and working on remote ranches in the Rocky Mountain West. Now married to renowned author/singer/songwriter/professional treasure hunter W.C. Jameson they reside at Casita de Luz in the small hill country town of Llano, Texas.

Laurie has a ThD from the American Institute of Holistic Theology and an MFA in Writing from Goddard College. Her freelance articles and photographs have appeared in dozens of periodicals, journals, reviews, and anthologies. She is the author of seven collections of poetry, Glass-eyed Paint in the Rain, Red Colt Canyon, Across the High Divide, Cinch Up Your Saddle, Infinite Possibilities: A Haiku Journal, Accidental Voices, and Reluctant Traveler; a novel based on a true story, Side Canyons; and three memoirs, When I Came West, Rough Breaks: A Wyoming High Country Memoir, and Spring's Edge: A Ranch Wife's Chronicles.

Laurie has received the Beryl Markham Prize for Creative Nonfiction, the Western Writer's of America Spur Award in Poetry, has twice been named a finalist for the Colorado Book Award and three times named a finalist for the Women Writing the West Willa Cather Literary Award. She was recently awarded the ForeWord Book of the Year Award Honorable Mention for When I Came West.

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19 of 19 people found the following review helpful By Charles M. Nobles VINE VOICE on July 23, 1999
Format: Paperback
"The crown of literature is poetry. It is its end and aim. It is the sublimest activity of the human mind. It is the achievement of beauty and delicacy. The writer of prose can only step aside when the poet passes." -W. Somerset Maugham.
Every time I read this quote I think of Laurie Wagner Buyer, a special poet from Fairplay, CO. If you have not read any of her previous works, some of which are out of print, and would like to be introduced to some "beauty and delicacy," you are in luck. Red Colt Canyon is Buyer's fourth book of poetry and it is a keeper. Buyer and her husband work a cow-calf operation near Fairplay, CO. She not only understands ranching but has a keen eye for the natural beauty that seems to become all the more awesome under her watchful eyes. Her observations about personal relationships cut to the bone and will leave you with a myriad of feelings. The book is divided into three segments. The first, "Heartwood," is a chronicle of ranching life and the trials experienced by a husband and wife as they work together to survive both economically and spiritually. It has not been easy as noted in "That First Summer." "We cooked out of cans and boxes, grew grungy and tough, set out markers on the land and on our hearts, never knowing that nine years later we would still be fixing broken dreams and busted wires." Included in this section is Buyer's award winning poem "Until I Run Out of Thread," which is simply a wonderful example of the beauty and delicacy admired by Somerset Maugham. It alone is worth the price of the book. The second segment, "Unrumbled Thunder," confirms Buyer's acute awareness of, and appreciation for,nature.
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