By Lisa Knopp
Comparable to Thoreau's introspective nature writing and Dillard's taut, own prose, each one bankruptcy in Flight desires stands by myself as a special narrative, but every one is associated via profoundly own descriptions of desires, the flora and fauna, defining stories, and likelihood encounters with people who later turn out to be fateful. half japanese meditation, half dream series, half historic reconstruction, Flight desires testifies to a deep knowing of the way the flora and fauna - its noticeable and invisible parts - publications our destinies.
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So, too, she argues, do most women and many nature writers from Thoreau to Aldo Leopold to Annie Dillard. Flight Dreams thus demonstrates how one midwestern life story moves naturally (but never smoothly) from everyday experience, to the realm of wild nature outside of town, and beyond both into ineffable cosmic consciousness. The circumstances and characters of Knopp's Way are both message of and obstacle to her narrative. Talking too candidly about family and lovers may be dangerous. Hence she acknowledges changing some names and eliding some events.
Olson meant by liked, but the way she raised her eyebrows and paused after delivering that verb told me that whatever it was, it wasn't good. Mrs. Olson had good reason to be protective. When I was born on September 4, 1956, my twenty-one-year-old mother and my twenty-three-year-old father, fresh out of military service in Korea, took me to the second-floor apartment in lone and Ole's big house. Shortly thereafter, my parents moved around Page 8 the corner to the little two-story Cape Cod where we lived until the summer I turned twelve.
Stone. p. Knopp, Lisa, 1956 . Middle West Biography. Title. Series. K659A3 1998 977´ 033´092dc21 [B] 98-25213 98 99 00 01 02 P 5 4 3 2 1 Page v For my children, Ian and Meredith Page vii Contents Foreword by Albert E. Stone ix Acknowledgments xiii Local Traffic 1 Outside 11 Not-Catholic 17 Last Rites 27 August Afternoon 34 Hearsay 40 Flight Dreams 55 Summer Reading 65 Sheet Music 87 Gainful Employment 104 The Imagined Gaze 115 Mistaken Identity 127 The Sidetrack 140 My TM Story 157 Unfinished 179 Flash and Wonder 199 Real Work 204 Writing Nature 219 The First Day 231 Walking with Meredith 247 The Edge of Perception 263 Spirit Walk 273 Omen-catcher 279 Page ix Foreword Albert E.