Endless mountains curving like a scimitar and in the querulous mind, the yearning heart, a sudden immeasurable calm.

Autumn in the Alaska Range

Drive north when the braided glacial rivers
have begun to assume their winter green.
When crossing Broad Pass, you might see
the shimmer of caribou moving on a distant ridge

 

or find a dark abacus of berries in the frost
on the boggy trail to Summit Lake. Beyond this,
the endless mountains curving like a scimitar.
And in the querulous mind, the yearning heart,
a sudden immeasurable calm.

Tom Sexton

 

 

“A Poem in its Place” is the ninth video travel journal I made during our recent trip to Alaska. This one is special because we stumbled across a poem in the field, as it were, and our host Charlie Johnston read it out-loud. Turns out it was installed as part of a Poetry in Place Project sponsored annually by the State of Alaska. It was Tom Sexton’s “Independence Mine.” It was the first time I’d read his poetry, but I bought two of his books on the way back in to Anchorage.

Sandy Brown Jensen

I am a retired writing instructor and faculty tech specialist from Lane Community College in Eugene, Oregon. I still teach and am also a photographer, poet, blogger and digital storyteller (short videos).

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  • Reading Tom Sexton’s poem and viewing your misty imagery gives me delicious autumn shivers that make me want to bundle up and head out into the woods. Autumn was my favorite season at 100 Mile House, and I crunched through miles of fragrant decaying leaves, loving the energy of the season and the golden light. I always returned utterly refreshed…

  • thiết kế vật dụng trong nhà là một kỹ năng nhiều năm kinh nghiệm gồm sự sáng tạo, kỹ thuật và hiệu quả về kinh tế. các KTS vật dụng trong nhà học tập với người mua và hết hợp. bố trí đồ dùng trong nhà mô tả một nhóm những dự án khác nhau liên quan đến sự cập nhật không gian vật dụng trong nhà thành các thiết lập hiệu quả cho phạm vi các hoạt động

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I am a retired writing instructor and faculty tech specialist from Lane Community College in Eugene, Oregon. I still teach and am also a photographer, poet, blogger and digital storyteller (short videos).

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