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Going Back to Bisbee Richard Shelton

Going Back to Bisbee

Richard Shelton

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ISBN : 9780816513024
Hardcover
329 pages
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One of Americas most distinguished poets now shares his fascination with a distinctive corner of our country. Richard Shelton first came to southeastern Arizona in the 1950s as a soldier stationed at Fort Huachuca. He soon fell in love with theMoreOne of Americas most distinguished poets now shares his fascination with a distinctive corner of our country. Richard Shelton first came to southeastern Arizona in the 1950s as a soldier stationed at Fort Huachuca. He soon fell in love with the region and upon his discharge found a job as a schoolteacher in nearby Bisbee. Now a university professor and respected poet living in Tucson, still in love with the Southwestern deserts, Shelton sets off for Bisbee on a not-uncommon day trip. Along the way, he reflects on the history of the area, on the beauty of the landscape, and on his own life. Couched within the narrative of his journey are passages revealing Sheltons deep familiarity with the regions natural and human history. Whether conveying the mystique of tarantulas or describing the mountain-studded topography, he brings a poets eye to this seemingly desolate country. His observations on human habitation touch on Tombstone, the town too tough to die, on ghost towns that perhaps werent as tough, and on Bisbee itself, a once prosperous mining town now an outpost for the arts and a destination for tourists. What he finds there is both a broad view of his past and a glimpse of that citys possible future. Going Back to Bisbee explores a part of America with which many readers may not be familiar. A rich store of information embedded in splendid prose, it shows that there are more than miles on the road to Bisbee.