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Into the Wildness

Into the Wildness

Chapter:
(p.1) Introduction Into the Wildness
Source:
Wildness
Author(s):
Gavin Van Horn
Publisher:
University of Chicago Press
DOI:10.7208/chicago/9780226444970.003.0001

I am standing a few feet off the edge of a manmade canal. A great blue heron is frozen in contemplation of the shallow waters around his ankles. Cottonwood and ash trees display the toothy signs of beaver. Further up the canal, a pair of coyotes readies for dusk. I graze the tips of my fingers across the ivory bloom of an unassuming flower, thinking of the persistence of the land’s memory and how it may feed our future....

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