Turn Around Time: A Walking Poem for the Pacific Northwest

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As all outdoorsmen, climbers, and hikers know, it is good to have a plan. Know how long you will have light, know which way the trail turns, know that you have enough water and food, know how far you can go before you have to turn around and head back. David Guterson grew up in the Pacific Northwest. His uncle, a member of The Mountaineers, took Guterson along on hikes from a young age. This long-form poem is something of an homage to those times and people who included him on their trips, and, at the same time, an examination of the journey that is life. With beautiful, lyrical language, Guterson leads his readers through the woods and hills, pointing out the wondrous sights, warning readers of difficulties and hazards, reminding them of ways to find their way back, and sharing the joy along the way. “Fallen trees in whimsical geometries/will lend to our woods/their comic trajectories with humor/more epic than the brisk fits of squirrels/who are, by comparison, vaudevillians.” One needn’t be a hiker nor a reader of poetry to enjoy this metaphorical journey; one merely needs to love fine writing.

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Author David Guterson
Star Count 5/5
Format Hard
Page Count 144 pages
Publisher Mountaineers Books
Publish Date 2019-09-01
ISBN 9781680512656
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Issue September 2019
Category Poetry & Short Stories


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