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Water Mask (The Alaska Literary Series)

In Water Mask, Monica Devine skis woodland trails with her baby on her back, navigates sea ice with Beaufort Sea whalers and whirls two thousand feet above the tundra with a rookie bush pilot. She negotiates the death of her father, and the near loss of her family's cabin on the Copper River. Reflections on family, place, memory, work, perception and art are woven into a seductive a land that both beguiles and rejects.

The River of Life, and Death

I am not a religious man, but I think moving water is the best thing God ever made.  -Jim Harrison Standing at the river’s edge, I watch sticks from old ...
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Too Late?

Every year he drives up from Washington parks his camper on the land spends weeks watching the clapping of leaves in the wind, how the river goosenecks in the valley, ...
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Gliding down a shoot                            The river's smooth tongue pulls                 ...
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Lighten Up and Don’t Look Down

Yes, there's still ice on the river, but we're getting there... Geez. It's April already. Long time, no post. I'm sitting here looking out the window at pussy willows blooming, ...
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Cold Blue Steel

The days are short in mid December. You have to chase light, what little of it is left to catch.   But without sun there is drama,  a pull to water ...
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Winter Moth

Winter Moth A deranged sky, late November Raindrops glisten the limbs of trees Snow, the impossible dream Archives of winter under my skin. Let's stay in tonight Lay back the ...
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