Reflections West

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Sinopse

Reflections West is a weekly radio program that presents the thoughts of writers and scholars on the American West. These thinkers pair their own thoughts with a passage from literature and history.

Episódios

  • Reaching For What We Most Admire: Rachel Toor And Wallace Stevens

    Reaching For What We Most Admire: Rachel Toor And Wallace Stevens

    15/03/2017 Duração: 04min

    "The man I fall for can be hard to reach," writes author and creative writing professor, Rachel Toor . "When he goes out, he goes far. He fills his bottles, stows food he’s prepared, some of which he’s killed and cured, makes sure his skis are waxed, bike tires filled, boat leaks plugged. He brings extra batteries, toilet paper, and some weed. Some of his clothes and gear, worn but trusted, have outlasted his dogs. He always has a dog, named Rio, or Bridger, or Finn, usually a Lab.

  • Melissa Stephenson And Louise Glück Reflect On The Voices Return From Oblivion

    Melissa Stephenson And Louise Glück Reflect On The Voice's Return From Oblivion

    08/03/2017 Duração: 04min

    "The year before I started middle school, my parents made me watch a videotape of a professor talking about problem students who engaged in “'negative attention-seeking,'” writes Melissa Stephenson . "I didn’t understand why my teacher had sent this video home. Mrs. Dolk had short blonde hair like Princess Diana, and sometimes I imagined what life would be like if she adopted me. I tried to impress her with jokes and high test scores. But as we watched the video, I realized my favorite teacher didn’t much like me.

  • The Hums And Stops Of Life: David Allan Cates And Robert Hass

    The Hums And Stops Of Life: David Allan Cates And Robert Hass

    01/03/2017 Duração: 04min

    "Sixty years old and riding my bike no-handed across the Higgins Street bridge into downtown Missoula, feeling my stomach churn with the anger and fear that has choked our civic air — but also the with the miracles of hot wind and flowing water," writes poet, novelist and teacher, David Allan Cates. "Despite my spread-arm victory pose, I carry a feeling of lost-ness—of emptiness that’s also a kind of balance—a wound, that’s also, somehow, a spring. I’ve written books that felt to me when I wrote them to be a matter of life or death—and now they sit placidly on shelves like pretty colored sea shells. My goal anymore is just to hold it all—to spread my arms like a Tour de France champion and feel the lightness and sadness that comes from the loss of parents, from three daughters moved far from home striving for courage in both common and heroic ways. I’ve got a garden in my backyard that’s full of weeds, a wife who treats me as though after all of these years she still loves me, and a

  • Jenny Montgomery And Gwendolyn Brooks Reflect On The Comfort Of Ignorance

    Jenny Montgomery And Gwendolyn Brooks Reflect On The Comfort Of Ignorance

    24/02/2017 Duração: 04min

    "I grew up in Tacoma, a port city on Puget Sound," writes poet, essayist and co-owner of Missoula's Montgomery Distillery, Jenny Montgomery . "We lived on Puyallup Indian reservation land, but there were few signs that this was so. Our neighborhood overlooked ancient salmon fishing waters but was completely inhabited by whites. There were no Native kids among us at school yet our mascot was the Warrior—a childlike, cartoon brave who wore a single feather on his head and a floppy loincloth.

  • Driven By Yes: Sarah Aswell And Kay Ryan Reflect On Saying No

    Driven By 'Yes:' Sarah Aswell And Kay Ryan Reflect On Saying 'No'

    15/02/2017 Duração: 04min

    "One of the central tenets of collaborative comedy writing is the rule of 'Yes, and,'" writes freelance writer and occasional standup comedian, Sarah Aswell . "The concept is simple: when someone has an idea, you should not only validate that idea no matter its absurdity (by saying 'Yes') but you also add something new to the scene (by saying 'and').

  • Camouflage: Alex Alviar And Jorie Graham Reflect On Passing

    Camouflage: Alex Alviar And Jorie Graham Reflect On "Passing"

    09/02/2017 Duração: 04min

    "When I meet strangers deep in rural white settings, perfect and polite English rolls easily from my face and I watch their eyes and brains appraise me," writes Alex Alviar , who teaches at Salish Kootenai College and with the Missoula Writing Collaborative. "Where is he from? Indian? Tourist? Mexican? Their eyes are like fish in the murk considering the fake fly tied and cast through the ripple before them. What is he? Can we trust him?

  • David Moore And N. Scott Momaday Reflect On Reconnecting Whats Broken

    David Moore And N. Scott Momaday Reflect On Reconnecting What's Broken

    01/02/2017 Duração: 04min

    "Like many today, my troubled inheritance is the great wave of settler colonialism that washed from Europe over the Americas for the last five centuries. I carry its invisible weight when I walk these Rocky Mountains and when I drive America’s freeways—all on stolen Indian land," writes "Reflections West" co-host, David Moore .

  • Losing The Junk That Goes With Being Human: Melissa Mylchreest And Gary Snyder

    Losing The Junk That Goes With Being Human: Melissa Mylchreest And Gary Snyder

    26/01/2017 Duração: 04min

    "A decade ago I packed everything I owned into my little car and drove across the country to Montana, in part because of a few poems," writes essayist, poet and two-time winner of the Obsidian Prize for Poetry, Melissa Mylchreest .

  • Jennifer Savage And Sharon Olds Reflect On Creating A Territory Of Two

    Jennifer Savage And Sharon Olds Reflect On Creating A Territory Of Two

    18/01/2017 Duração: 04min

    Jennifer Savage moved to Montana from South Carolina fifteen years ago for what was to be a one-year job. She has never left. "An old friend recently told me, “I suppose you are as much Western as you are Southern, since you’ve lived so long in Montana.”

  • Reflections On Hoofbeats And Poetry, From Chelsea Drake And Maxine Kumin

    Reflections On Hoofbeats And Poetry, From Chelsea Drake And Maxine Kumin

    11/01/2017 Duração: 04min

    "Some days I’m the little girl I was 15 years ago: leather boots in tall grass, stroking the black silk neck of my horse," writes Chelsea Drake , assistant editor and writer at Missoula Valley Lifestyle Magazine. "She and I are like limbs of the same tree, growing up and into ourselves, finding a way through fire and ice.

  • Keep It, Or Release It? Caroline Patterson And Elizabeth Bishop Reflect On Fishing

    Keep It, Or Release It? Caroline Patterson And Elizabeth Bishop Reflect On Fishing

    04/01/2017 Duração: 04min

    "I fish with my children, the paddle knocking the canoe in an easy rhythm," writes Caroline Patterson, writer, teacher, and director of the Missoula Writing Collaborative. "Phoebe is five, her taffy hair in braids; Tobin three, his round face expectant as he scans the pocked water. I take up the spinning rod, for we are trolling, the dreamer's way of fishing. Phoebe and I let out line, and I show her how to reel it in. I lie back to wait, studying the tamaracks, capped by the Swan Mountains. "So what does it mean when the pole dips?" Phoebe asks. Quiet becomes chaos: Tobin grabs a net, Phoebe reels in the line until the struggling fish is dangling, mid-air. Then it wrenches off the line and disappears into green water, hook and all. With a new lure, we set out again, I stroke, glide, stroke, and this time when the pole arcs, Tobin catches the cutthroat. It is beautiful and vaguely nauseating: white-green freckled skin, a blood-red belly, translucent fins, and a grimacing mouth, in its

  • Melissa Kwasny And Theodore Roethke Reflect On Consciousness And Natures Echo-System

    Melissa Kwasny And Theodore Roethke Reflect On Consciousness And Nature's 'Echo-System'

    31/12/2016 Duração: 04min

    "I have been thinking about consciousness, who has it and who doesn’t," writes poet, essayist and editor, Melissa Kwasny . "'Consciousness: to have a sense of oneself as apart from others.' Science has discovered that even plants can distinguish between a self and a not-self, halting their growing roots in contact with the foreign. Carl Sapina, in a recent book called Beyond Words: What Animals Think and Feel , says we share basically the same nervous system—wolf, coyote, even the worm. To grant them consciousness is to wake, not to a dream world, but a greater reality that requires a different navigation and a far different morality.

  • Toby Thompson And Ken McCullough Reflect On December In The New Atlas Bar

    Toby Thompson And Ken McCullough Reflect On December In The New Atlas Bar

    30/12/2016 Duração: 04min

    "In my youth, I was restless enough to have spent four years on the road searching for the Great American Bar," writes Livingston, MT teacher and author, Toby Thompson. "I often visited thirty a day, learning in my travels that the mountain West– specifically Montana–held more saloons than any other region.

  • Toby Thompson  Ken McCullough: A Longing For Christmas Out West

    Toby Thompson & Ken McCullough: A Longing For Christmas Out West

    25/12/2016 Duração: 04min

    To Toby Thompson, the Christmas spirit is really just the warmth of community, something we can find any time of year.

  • Sniffing Blood: Reflections On Hunting, From Erika Fredrickson And Galway Kinnell

    Sniffing Blood: Reflections On Hunting, From Erika Fredrickson And Galway Kinnell

    23/12/2016 Duração: 04min

    "Ten years ago, my dad told me I would be inheriting his 30.06," writes Erika Fredrickson, arts editor at the Missoula Independent . "I nearly choked on my coffee. My grandfather, who died before I could meet him, had passed the gun to my dad, and my dad wanted to do the same. But I was a writer, not a hunter.

  • Whispers To The Heart: Jessica Lowry Vizzutti And Donna Tartt Reflect On Inspiration

    Whispers To The Heart: Jessica Lowry Vizzutti And Donna Tartt Reflect On Inspiration

    14/12/2016 Duração: 04min

    "Montana first told me a secret on the banks of Rattlesnake Creek in Missoula," writes photographer and writer, Jessica Lowry Vizzutti . "I was visiting in summer with my boyfriend as we made a cross-country road trip from Chattanooga, Tennessee to Montana and ultimately Los Angeles. It was July, the perfect month for a Southern woman to fall in love with a snowy state.

  • Stephanie Land And W.S. Merwin Reflect On The Importance Of Making Mistakes

    Stephanie Land And W.S. Merwin Reflect On The Importance Of Making Mistakes

    09/12/2016 Duração: 04min

    Stephanie Land knew in fourth grade that she wanted to become a professional writer. She's written for the New York Times and the Washington Post about the obstacles thrown in her path by the challenges of single parenthood. "For two decades I wrote horrible poems," Land writes. "I believed in soul mates. I devoured books. I drank too many jugs of wine. I sowed my wild oats.

  • Reflections On Searching For Peace In The Familiar: Toni Truesdale And Vijay Seshadri

    Reflections On Searching For Peace In The Familiar: Toni Truesdale And Vijay Seshadri

    30/11/2016 Duração: 04min

    Toni Truesdale works with people suffering from dementia. In "Behind The Locked Door," her book of essays and poems about Alzheimer's, she writes about "sundowning," the symptoms of restlessness and confusion when, at around sunset each day, patients begin searching for home and bygone family. "My sweet, eighty-two-year–old friend repeats a sentence for the third time: “Well, I guess it’s time to go home; Mother will be waiting” I look at the clock. It's 4:30 p.m. and the shadows outside are lengthening; the sun is going down. Her mother has been gone for over twenty-five years.

  • Shadow And Smoke: Brendan Fitzgerald And Charles Wright Reflect On What We Let Go

    Shadow And Smoke: Brendan Fitzgerald And Charles Wright Reflect On What We Let Go

    28/11/2016 Duração: 04min

    "My wife and daughter left Montana for our new home in Ontario while I stayed to pack our things," writes journalist, editor and recent University of Montana MFA graduate, Brendan Fitzgerald . "I was glad they’d gone ahead. It was fire season, and smoke had lowered the ceiling of the world, dissolved the mountains and filtered color from the sunlight. On the radio, someone said that spending more than an hour outside was hazardous. I spent two in the parking lot of the post office, hauling books from my car and packing them into boxes.

  • Incubating Or Unraveling: Rachel Mindell And Gregory Pardlo Reflect On Driving And Writing

    Incubating Or Unraveling: Rachel Mindell And Gregory Pardlo Reflect On Driving And Writing

    16/11/2016 Duração: 04min

    "Some of my most illuminating experiences of the West have occurred behind the wheel of a car," writes writer, teacher, and director of the Montana Book Festival, Rachel Mindell . "This is not especially romantic. Having lived in Arizona, Colorado and Montana and as a woman who loves to hike, to sit on rocks and to feel insignificant, I have continually averted the expression of a direct commune with nature. As a writer, I need expansive solitude to produce, a metal cage with windows and relative silence. To produce, I need to drive.

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