Altitude

He finds the goddess one sweet November day. These mountains are like new, she says. Run your hand over granite seamed with mica. Put your face on the stone. I’ll …

Migration

A black-capped chickadee on a feeder in southeast Iowa flies all the way to Livingston. Montana is within his normal range. Winter is coming on. You will have to consider …

The Four Seasons

1. Snow swirls around the hands, the feet. Eyes open, hearts clench their fists. The body is a volcano. 2. The sun blinks its yellow eye. Wind blows the ice …

Iowa River

Some days are bleak necessity. Wind roils the river. The bridge nearly touches the surface. The rain has stopped and the floods are done. Walk the debris field at water’s …

Camping Outside Helena

Early Beethoven, the Eroica say. The timpani crashes announcing Napolean can still save us all. The vets coming back from the good war, the GI bill. Build cars in Detroit, …

Turn up the Base on I-90

Adjustment is everything. Tinker with the knobs every day of your life. Turn a gradient to the left. A delicate shade of west in your lovely fingers. Look: the sun …

Earth Science

It blows me away, this rock stew with a dose of Darwin. This plant exploding biome seasoned with animal. You never can believe what will come next. I don’t mind …