Musings from the Tundra

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Here’s an exerpt …

Winter’s Cowardly Sun

hides below the horizon

slowly as the earth rotates

he is forced to show his face …


The prose and poems in Musings from the Tundra, semi-autobiographical, were written when the author lived in New Stuyahok AK, where he was raised. Most of the poems portray the hardships of village life, and others celebrate the subsistence lifestyle of Bristol Bay Alaska.

Three of the poems: Outside the Store, The Berry Pickers and My Ancestors were entered in a state-wide poetry contest in Alaska as a trilogy and won first place. Driving and Teddy Bear’s Lament were inspired by a different lifestyle when the author lived in Palo Alto, CA for a few months where he experienced cultural shock.

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