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Barry Lopez

What words can do with nature

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Author Barry Lopez has an encyclopedia of geography. It includes an explanation of the gorge, the rim, the clearing and a thousand other descriptions of places and spaces and geos.

He gives a name tag to the land and its parts, but he’s hardly the only one engaged in such writing.

Amy Leach has written Things that Are. It is about reindeers, many of whom I have never met. Yes, whom.

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