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In the Shadow of the Bear Lodge.

In the Shadow of the Bear Lodge

An Anthology by Bearlodge Writers

Many Kites Press

3907 Minnekahta Dr., Rapid City, SD 57702

0972900284 $15.00 197 pages 1-800-486-8940

"In the Shadow of the Bear Lodge: Writings from the Black Hills" is a wonderful collection of samplings of literature created by the writers of the Bearlodge, in the Black Hills. this regional anthology offers a collection of essays, poetry, nonfiction and fiction by such writers as Amanda and Maureen Helms Blake, James and Jytte Bowers, Renee Carrier, Elizabeth Canfield, Gene Gade, Page Lambert, Merle Lossing, Carol Panerio, Shelly Ritthaler, David E. Wagner and Mary Jean Wilson and others. The ranks of the Bearlodge writers embrace both the known and the unknown. All share an experience of living in the shadow of the Devils Tower and the Bear Lodge Mountains. It is a unique and scenic area, full of holy significance to many traditions and cultures. In some of the fragments of poems and stories are reflected or embedded essences of the potentially healing awareness of the area. Sifting through its many fine offerings, a poem entitled 'Thoughts in the Visitor Center of Devils Tower National Monument' by Trent Redfield impacts the reader's awareness with bell-like clarity:

I long to dwell again in the places of my imagination, to scale the creative heights of this monumental wonder. I want the thrill and awe of Devils Tower to flow through my pen, to score paper with ballpoint leave marks as distinct as the grizzly bear's claws made on the rock. (p. 162)

More readings from "In the Shadow of the Bear Lodge" will help transport the reader to a still, renewing, and deeply personal inner space.
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Author:Nancy, Lorraine
Publication:Reviewer's Bookwatch
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Date:Aug 1, 2006
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