Reflections West

LaVerne Harrell Clark, The University of Arizona Poetry Center

When writing about literature, teacher and author Robert Stubblefield sticks to the present tense, since "great literature never slides off into the past, but remains with us in an eternal present." Stubblefield's friend and colleague, author James Welch, creates a world in his historical novel Fools Crow "as clear and present as the gray vapor of our breath against the darkness."

Bradley Gordon

7/15/14 & 7/16/14: This week on Reflections West: In his youth, Toby Thompson stormed thirty saloons a day in search of the Great American Bar. In the dark of a recent December night, he experienced a revival at the New Atlas Bar in Columbus, MT. Poet Ken McCullough finds consolation at the New Atlas, too:

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Kathleen Welsch

7/8/14 & 7/9/14: This week on "Reflections West:" Literature professor Kathleen Welsch describes John Randall: a Winnebago born in prison, a tunnel rat in Vietnam, a wheelchair-bound warrior for the "little guy." Welsch excerpts a commentary about Japan's Fukushima Daiichi nuclear disaster from the Indigenous Elders and Medicine Peoples Council.

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7/1/14 & 7/2/14: This week on "Reflections West:" Four Corners area fiction writer, Erica Olsen, notes the distracting nature of Grand Canyon visitors' obsessions with cameras and technology. From his book, The Colorado, Frank Waters points out that "for all our technological achievements, our very lives tremble upon the delicate scales of nature."

 

American Heritage Center, John Clayton

6/24/14 & 6/25/14: This week on "Reflections West:" Author John Clayton marvels at the independence of frontier journalist, newspaper publisher, rodeo founder, homesteader and novelist, Caroline Lockhart.

6/17/14 & 6/18/14: This week on "Reflections West:" Historian Ellen Baumler, who witnessed Governor Brian Schweitzer's posthumous pardon of the 76 men and 3 women convicted of sedition under Montana's notorious 1918 law, reflects on WWI hysteria. Clem Work speculates on the convictions of two of the pardoned, William and Janet Smith.

Damon Falke

Jun 11, 2014

6/10/14 & 6/11/14: This week on "Reflections West:" Damon Falke, author, playwright and poet, returns to a bean field, where his nine-year-old self is practicing fly-fishing. Falke shifts the scene to shadows and "odd pickings" at "The Church at Yellowjacket."

6/3/14 & 6/4/14: This week on "Reflections West:" Missoula slam poet Linds Sanders writes about the strange presence of life in Henry, a stuffed buffalo. Poet Eduardo Chirinos, a professor at the University of Montana-Missoula, writes about bears - real, symbolic, and stuffed.

5/27/14 & 5/28/14: This week on "Reflections West:" Brandon Reintjes, Curator of Art at the University of Montana's Montana Museum of Art & Culture, contemplates artistic innovation and "Montana modernism." Tristan Tzara, a founder of Dadaism, instructs "How To Make a Dadaist Poem."

5/20/14 & 5/21/14: This week on "Reflections West:" Stephanie Land recalls how the cold of an Alaskan winter forced her to surrender to nature. Judy Blunt portrays the 1964 blizzard on Montana's Hi-Line.

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