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Braided Creek

by Ted Kooser Jim Harrison

Publisher's Comments: Two voices of the American landscape create a remarkable suite of lyrics. For years Jim Harrison and Ted Kooser exchanged letters and poems, then Kooser was diagnosed with cancer. "Ted's poetry became overwhelmingly vivid, " Harrison recalls. "Then we decided to correspond in short poems, because that was the essence of what we wanted to say to each other." Braided Creek contains more than 300 poems exchanged in this longstanding correspondence. Wise, wry, and penetrating, the poems touch upon numerous subjects, from the natural world to the nature of time. Harrison and Kooser decided to remain silent over who wrote which poem, allowing their voices, ideas, and images to swirl and merge into this remarkable suite of lyrics. Each time I go outside the world is different. This has happened all my life. The moon put her hand over my mouth and told me to shut up and watch. A nephew rubs the sore feet of his aunt, and the rope that lifts us all toward grace creaks on the pulley. Under the storyteller's hat are many heads, all troubled.

Braided Creek

by Ted Kooser Jim Harrison

Braided Creek contains more than 300 poems exchanged in this longstanding correspondence. Wise, wry, and penetrating, the poems touch upon numerous subjects, from the natural world to the nature of time. Harrison and Kooser decided to remain silent over who wrote which poem, allowing their voices, ideas, and images to swirl and merge into this remarkable suite of lyrics.Each time I go outside the worldis different. This has happened all my life. *The moon put her handover my mouth and told meto shut up and watch.*A nephew rubs the sore feetof his aunt,and the rope that lifts us all toward gracecreaks on the pulley.*Under the storyteller's hatare many heads, all troubled.Jim Harrison, one of America's best-loved writers, is author of two dozen books of poetry, fiction, essays, food criticism, and memoir. He is best known for a collection of novellas, Legends of the Fall, and the epic novel Dalva. He lives in western Montana and southern Arizona.Ted Kooser is the author of eight collections of poetry and a prose memoir. His poetry appears regularly in The Atlantic Monthly, The New Yorker, Poetry, and The Nation. He lives in Nebraska.

Darkness Sticks to Everything

by Jim Harrison Tom Hennen

"It's hard to believe that this American master--and I don't use those words lightly--has been hidden right under our noses for decades. But despite his lack of recognition, Mr. Hennen, like any practical word-farmer, has simply gone about his calling with humility and gratitude in a culture whose primary crop has become fame. He just watches, waits and then strikes, delivering heart-buckling lines." --Dana Jennings, The New York Times"As with Ted Kooser, Tom Hennen is a genius of the common touch. . . . They are amazingly modest men who early accepted poetry as a calling in ancient terms and never let up despite being ignored early on. They return to the readers a thousandfold for their attentions."--Jim Harrison, from the introduction"One of the most charming things about Tom Hennen's poems is his strange ability to bring immense amounts of space, often uninhabited space, into his mind and so into the whole poem."--Robert BlyTom Hennen gives voice to the prairie and to rural communities, celebrating--with sadness, praise, and astute observations--the land, weather, and inhabitants. In short lyrics and prose poems, he reveals the detailed strangeness of ordinary things. This volume is Hennen's long-overdue introduction to a national audience."In Falling Snow at a Farm Auction"Straight pine chairComfortableIn anyone's company,Older than grandmotherIt enters the presentIts arms wide openWanting to hold another young wife.Tom Hennen, author of six books of poetry, was born and raised in rural Minnesota. After abandoning college, he married and began work as a letterpress and offset printer. He helped found the Minnesota Writer's Publishing House, then worked for the Department of Natural Resources wildlife section, and later at the Sand Lake National Wildlife Refuge in South Dakota. Now retired, he lives in Minnesota.

The Etiquette of Freedom

by Jim Harrison Gary Snyder Paul Ebenkamp

Gary Snyder joined his old friend, novelist Jim Harrison, to discuss their loves and lives and what has become of them throughout the years. Set amidst the natural beauty of the Santa Lucia Mountains, their conversations-harnessing their ideas of all that is wild, sacred and intimate in this world-move from the admission that Snyder's mother was a devout atheist to his personal accounts of his initiation into Zen Buddhist culture, being literally dangled by the ankles over a cliff. After years of living in Japan, Snyder returns to the States to build a farmhouse in the remote foothills of the Sierras, a homestead he calls Kitkitdizze.For all of the depth in these conversations, Jim Harrison and Gary Snyder are humorous and friendly, and with the artfully interspersed dialogue from old friends and loves like Scott Slovic, Michael McClure, Jack Shoemaker, and Joanne Kyger, the discussion reaches a level of not only the personal, but the global, redefining our idea of the Beat Generation and challenging the future directions of the environmental movement and its association with "Deep Ecology."The Etiquette of Freedom is an all-encompassing companion to the film The Practice of the Wild. A DVD is included which contains the film together with more than an hour of out-takes and expanded interviews, as well as an extended reading by Gary Snyder. The whole offers a rare glimpse of their extended discussion of life and what it means to be wild and alive.

In Search of Small Gods

by Jim Harrison

From the author of "Legends of the Fall" comes a book of poems in which birds and humans converse, biographies are fluid, and unknown gods flutter just out of sight.

In Search of Small Gods

by Jim Harrison

"Jim Harrison has probed the breadth of human appetites--for food and drink, for art, for sex, for violence and, most significantly, for the great twin engines of love and death. Perhaps no American writer better appreciates those myriad drives; since the publication of his first collection of poetry . . . Harrison has become their poet laureate."--Salon.comIn Jim Harrison's new book of poems, birds and humans converse, biographies are fluid, and unknown gods flutter just out of sight. In terrains real and imagined--from remote canyons and anonymous thickets in the American West to secret basements in World War II Europe--Harrison calls his readers to live fully in a world where "Death steals everything except our stories." In Search of Small Gods is an urgent and imaginative book--one filled with "the spore of the gods."Maybe the problem is that I got involved with the wrong crowd of gods when I was seven. At first they weren't harmful and only showed themselves as fish, birds, especially herons and loons, turtles, a bobcat and a small bear, but not deer and rabbits who only offered themselves as food. And maybe I spent too much time inside the water of lakes and rivers. Underwater seemed like the safest church I could go to . . .Jim Harrison is the author of thirty books of poetry, fiction, and nonfiction, including Legends of the Fall and Shape of the Journey. A long-time resident of Michigan, he now lives in Montana and Arizona.

Legends of the Fall

by Jim Harrison

From the publisher: The publication of this magnificent trilogy of short novels -- Legends Of The Fall, Revenge, and The Man Who Gave Up His Name -- confirmed Jim Harrison's reputation as one of the finest American writers of his generation. These absorbing novellas explore the theme of revenge and the actions to which people resort when their lives or goals are threatened, adding up to an extraordinary vision of the twentieth-century man.

Letters to Yesenin

by Jim Harrison

"The way Harrison has embedded his entire vision of our predicament implicitly in the particulars of two poetic lives, his own and Yesenin's, is what makes the poem not only his best but one of the best in the past twenty-five years of American writing."--Hayden Carruth, Sulfur"Harrison inhabits the problems of our age as if they were beasts into which he had crawled, and Letters to Yesenin is a kind of imaginative taxidermy that refuses to stay in place up on the trophy room wall, but insists on walking into the dining room."--The American Poetry ReviewJim Harrison's gorgeous, desperate, and harrowing "correspondence" with Sergei Yesenin--a Russian poet who committed suicide after writing his final poem in his own blood--is considered an American masterwork.In the early 1970s, Harrison was living in poverty on a hardscrabble farm, suffering from depression and suicidal tendencies. In response he began to write daily prose-poem letters to Yesenin. Through this one-sided correspondence, Harrison unloads to this unlikely hero, ranting and raving about politics, drinking problems, family concerns, farm life, and a full range of daily occurrences. The rope remains ever present.Yet sometime through these letters there is a significant shift. Rather than feeling inextricably linked to Yesenin's inevitable path, Harrison becomes furious, arguing about their imagined relationship: "I'm beginning to doubt whether we ever would have been friends."In the end, Harrison listened to his own poems: "My year-old daughter's red robe hangs from the doorknob shouting Stop."

Microsoft® Forefront™ Threat Management Gateway (TMG) Administrator's Companion

by Jim Harrison Yuri Diogenes Mohit Saxena

Get your Web security, network perimeter security, and application layer security gateway up and running smoothly. This indispensible, single-volume reference details the features and capabilities of Microsoft® Forefront® Threat Management Gateway (TMG). You'll gain the real-world insights, implementation and configuration best practices, and management practices you need for on-the-job results. Discover how to: Implement TMG integrated security features Analyze your Web and perimeter security requirements and infrastructure Plan, install, and configure TMG Implement network intrusion prevention, proxy, caching, filtering Configure security for the Web, Microsoft® Exchange Server, and SharePoint® Products and Technologies Implement remote access and site-to-site VPNs Select and configure clients Monitor and troubleshoot protected systems with Network Monitor 3 and other tools Use scripting to configure systems and automate administration Plus, get a fully searchable eBook on the companion CD A Note Regarding the CD or DVD The print version of this book ships with a CD or DVD. For those customers purchasing one of the digital formats in which this book is available, we are pleased to offer the CD/DVD content as a free download via O'Reilly Media's Digital Distribution services. To download this content, please visit O'Reilly's web site, search for the title of this book to find its catalog page, and click on the link below the cover image (Examples, Companion Content, or Practice Files). Note that while we provide as much of the media content as we are able via free download, we are sometimes limited by licensing restrictions. Please direct any questions or concerns to booktech@oreilly.com.

Off to the Side: A Memoir

by Jim Harrison

From the book jacket: For nearly forty years Jim Harrison has been one of America's most beloved writers, a literary giant who has given us American classics like Dalva, Legends of the Fall, and The Road Home. And he is perhaps just as loved for the spirit from which he writes-devoted to the senses, staunchly unpretentious, and ever mindful of the dangers of straying too far from our origins. It is this spirit of which The Oregonian wrote, "The magic of writing as good as Harrison's is that it can bridge the gulf of human separation." Now, for the first time, Jim Harrison has put pen to paper to write about his own life-a life that he captures with a riveting directness and a delightful, resonant music.

Returning to Earth

by Jim Harrison

In this fictional account we meet Donald, who is slowly dying of Lou Gehrig's Disease. A middle-aged Chippewa-Finnish man, he begins dictating family stories he has never shared with anyone, hoping to preserve history for his children. The dignity of Donald's death and his legacy encourages his loved ones to find a way to redeem-and let go of-the past, whether through his daughter's emersion in Chippewa religious ideas or his mourning wife's attempt to escape the malevolent influence of her own father.

Saving Daylight

by Jim Harrison

From the back cover: Jim Harrison is one of America's most versatile and celebrated writers, and his work as a poet has earned him recognition as an "untrammeled renegade genius." Saving Daylight is Harrison's tenth book of poems, and his first full-length poetry collection in a decade. Honored as a Poetry Book of the Year by Library Journal Kansas City Star "100 Noteworthy Books of the Year" list. Honored as a Michigan Book of the Year. About the Author Jim Harrison is a poet and novelist dividing his year between Montana and the Mexican border.

Saving Daylight

by Jim Harrison

Named to the Notable Books of the Year lists from The Kansas City Star and the Michigan Library Association."Jim Harrison is a writer with immortality in him."--The Times (London)"This is [Harrison's] most robust, sure-footed, and blood-raising poetry collection to date."--BooklistJim Harrison--one of America's most beloved writers--calls his poetry "the true bones of my life." Although he is best known as a fiction writer, it is as a poet that Publishers Weekly famously called him an "untrammeled renegade genius." Saving Daylight, Harrison's tenth collection of poetry, is his first book of new poems in a decade. All of Harrison's abundant passions for life are poured into suites, prose poems, letter-poems, and even lyrics for a mariachi band.The subjects and concerns are wide-ranging--from the heart-rending "Livingston Suite," where a boy drowns in the local river and the body is discovered by the poet's wife--to some of the most harrowing political poems of Harrison's career. There is also a cast of creature characters--bears, dogs, birds, fish--as well as the woodlands, thickets, and occasional cities of Arizona, Montana, Michigan, France, and Mexico."Imagination is my only possession," Harrison once said. And Saving Daylight is an imagination in full, exuberant bloom. Jim Harrison is the author of over thirty books of poetry, fiction, and nonfiction. His work has been translated into dozens of languages. Born and raised in Michigan, he now lives in Montana and Arizona.

The Shape of the Journey

by Jim Harrison

Here is the definitive collection of poetry from one of America's best-loved writers-now available in paperback. With the publication of this book, eight volumes of poetry were brought back into print, including the early nature-based lyrics of Plain Song, the explosive Outlyer & Ghazals, and the startling "correspondence" with a dead Russian poet in Letters to Yesenin. Also included is an introduction by Harrison, several previously uncollected poems, and "Geo-Bestiary," a 34-part paean to earthly passions. The Shape of the Journey confirms Jim Harrison's place among the most brilliant and essential poets writing today."Behind the words one always feels the presence of a passionate, exuberant man who is at the same time possessed of a quick, subtle intelligence and a deeply questioning attitude toward life. Harrison writes so winningly that one is simply content to be in the presence of a writer this vital, this large-spirited."--The New York Times Book Review"(An) untrammelled renegade genius... here's a poet talking to you instead of around himself, while doing absolutely brilliant and outrageous things with language."-Publishers Weekly"Readers can wander the woods of this collection for a lifetime and still be amazed at what they find."-Booklist (starred review.)When first published, this book immediately became one of Copper Canyon Press's all-time bestsellers. It was featured on Garrison Keillor's Writer's Almanac, became a finalist for the Los Angeles Times Book Prize, and was selected as one of the "Top-Ten Books of 1998" by Booklist.Jim Harrison is the author of twenty books, including Legends of the Fall and The Road Home. He has also written numerous screenplays and served as the food columnist for Esquire magazine. He lives in Michigan and Arizona.Dead DeerAmid pale green milkweed, wild clover, a rotted deer curled, shaglike, after a winter so cold the trees split open. I think she couldn't keep up with the others (they had no place to go) and her food, frozen grass and twigs,

Songs of Unreason

by Jim Harrison

#1 Poetry Foundation BestsellerMichigan Notable Book"A beautifully mysterious inquiry... Here Harrison-forthright, testy, funny, and profoundly discerning-a gruff romantic and a sage realist, tells tales about himself, from his dangerous obsession with Federico García Lorca to how he touched a bear's head, reflects on his dance with the trickster age, and shares magnetizing visions of dogs, horses, birds, and rivers. Oscillating between drenching experience and intellectual musings, Harrison celebrates movement as the pulse of life, and art, which 'scrubs the soul fresh.'" -Booklist"Harrison has written a nearly pitch-perfect book of poems, shining with the elemental force of Neruda's Odes or Matisse's paper cutouts....In Songs of Unreason,, his finest book of verse, Harrison has stripped his voice to the bare essentials--to what must be said, and only what must be said." -The Wichita Eagle"Songs of Unreason, Harrison's latest collection of poetry, is a wonderful defense of the possibilities of living.... His are hard won lines, but never bitter, just broken in and thankful for the chance to have seen it all." -The Industrial Worker Book Review"Unlike many contemporary poets, Harrison is philosophical, but his philosophy is nature-based and idiosyncratic: 'Much that you see/ isn't with your eyes./ Throughout the body are eyes.'... As in all good poetry, Harrison's lines linger to be ruminated upon a third or fourth time, with each new reading revealing more substance and raising more questions." -Library Journal"It wouldn't be a Harrison collection without the poet, novelist, and food critic's reverence for rivers, dogs, and women...his poems stun us simply, with the richness of the clarity, detail, and the immediacy of Harrison's voice." -Publishers WeeklyJim Harrison's compelling and provocative Songs of Unreason explores what it means to inhabit the world in atavistic, primitive, and totemistic ways. "This can be disturbing to the learned," Harrison admits. Using interconnected suites, brief lyrics, and rollicking narratives, Harrison's passions and concerns-creeks, thickets, time's effervescence, familial love-emerge by turns painful and celebratory, localized and exiled.

True North

by Jim Harrison

Michigan has been home to Jim Harrison for most of his life, and with his newest and most extraordinary work, he has written the long-awaited novel of his homeland. True North is the story of a family torn apart and a man engaged in profound reckoning with the damage scarred into the American soil. An epic tale that pits a son against the legacy of his family's desecration of the earth, and his own father's more personal violations, it is a beautiful and moving novel that speaks to the territory in our hearts that calls us back to our roots. The scion of a family of wealthy timber barons, David Burkett has grown up with a father who is a malevolent force more than a father, and a mother made vague and numb by alcohol and pills. He and his sister, Cynthia, a firecracker who scandalizes the family at fourteen by taking up with the son of their Finnish-Native American gardener, are mostly left to make their own way, and often to play parent to their dissolute elders. As David comes to adulthood-often guided and enlightened by the unforgettable, intractable, courageous women he loves-he realizes he must come to terms with his forefathers' rapacious destruction of the woods of Michigan's Upper Peninsula, as well as the working people who made their wealth possible. In the course of thirty years of searching for the truth of what his family has done and trying to make amends, David looks closely at the root of his father's evil - and In the story of the Burketts, Jim Harrison has given us a family tragedy of betrayal and atonement, joy and grief, and justice for the worst of our sins. True North is a bravura performance from one of our finest writers, accomplished with deep humanity, humor, and redemptive soul.

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