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The Four-Cornered Falcon: Essays on the Interior West and the Natural Scene Paperback

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In this collection of meditative essays, poet and essayist Saner explores the significance of the open spaces of the West for Americans. Typically, he expands a core experience or place--dawn in Colorado's Indian Peaks, for instance--to incorporate scenes or ideas from other places and other times. The sight of an autumn-plump marmot basking in the sunshine brings to mind an equally plump Pliny the Elder, writing in long-ago Rome about this endearing animal. The fate of the beautiful Swiss Alps, engineered, mechanized, and dominated by tourism, serve to warn us of the threat to the "empty plenitude" of our great American West under the pressure of people, pollution, and negligence toward the sacred space of Earth. Recommended for literary and natural history collections in academic libraries and to libraries serving the Western states.
- Joan S. Elbers, Montgomery Coll. Lib., Rockville, Md.
Copyright 1993 Reed Business Information, Inc. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.


“Some nature writing presents the spectacle of an author being very sensitive. Here the author’s sensitivity is in the service of the great ethical and practical issue of our lifetime. The beauty of this book is not in its ornate prose, but in its plain sense of responsibility.”—Ursula K. Le Guin, New York Times Book Review
(Ursula K. Le Guin New York Times Book Review )

“Reg Saner is a brilliant observer of the natural scene. His language is luminous and exciting; his ideas have dramatic power. He is a poet of inner spaces as well, with the gift of moving the reader in unpredictable ways.”—Joyce Carol Oates
(Joyce Carol Oates 20101005)

“Although he considers such topics as the force of the wind, the naming of nature, the mind of a forest, and the psychology of distress, no brief catalog can begin to do justice to Saner’s reserved and thoughtful tone.”—Virginia Quarterly Review
(Virginia Quarterly Review )

“Among the many recent books about the American outback, Reg Saner’s The Four-Cornered Falcon is a superbly conceived contribution. Like Barry Lopez and Harry Middleton and Annie Dillard, he can make those subtle connections between sacred space and the sacred heart. He may tell us much about marmots and magpies and the Great Unconformity, but in the process he tells us much about ourselves.”—Page Stegner, author of Outposts of Eden
(Page Stegner 20101006)

“We’re trying in America, and particularly in the American West, to place ourselves in a new relationship to nature, to articulate what’s sacred and what’s not. Reg Saner knows the territory, both literally and metaphorically, and The Four-Cornered Falcon speaks to our concerns with wonderful, sane precision. What a good read, what a useful book.”—William Kittredge, author of We Are Not in This Together and Hole in the Sky<
(William Kittredge 20101006)

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