Marianne Moore said that poems should be “imaginary gardens with real toads in them.” In this course, we will consider how a landscape can develop and reveal character, and even become a character itself. Our travel itinerary will include Wyoming ranchland, Chilean mines, the Isle of Skye, the Appalachian Trail, a pirate ship, Mars, and the underworld.

Annie Proulx, Close Range: Wyoming Stories

Paul Bowles, A Distant Episode: The Selected Stories

Virginia Woolf, To the Lighthouse

Stephen King, The Girl Who Loved Tom Gordon

Ray Bradbury, The Martian Chronicles

Juan Rulfo, Pedro Páramo

Shirley Hazzard, The Transit of Venus

Richard Hughes, A High Wind in Jamaica

Also read:

Ernest Hermingway, “Big Two-Hearted River”

Italo Calvino, “The Argentine Ant”

Isaac Babel, Red Cavalry

More Reads

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Interview with a Luthier (i.e. Someone Who Makes Musical Instruments—in this case, for Arcade Fire, Spoon, and The National)

Adam Baer

“We don’t realize what we’re walking on half the time.”

David Leo Rice