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Today’s excursion in the Fossil Springs Wilderness Area was both mind cleansing but also connected me with the memory of another trip, to a much bigger stream, back in 1991 when I did a 9 day Grand Canyon river trip. I was also reminded after discovering under a pile of dust, my copy of Raging River Lonely Trail, a book of poems/stories that one of the river guides used to read out loud during the calmer sections.

I decided to read two selections on ds106 radio, and most fun was reading Floyd’s Void, an ode to Floyd Dominy, the maverick leader of the Bureau of Reclamation during their days of addictions to building dams on western rivers.

Fot an amazing read on this part of history, I cannot more highly recommend John McPhee’s Encounters with the Archdruid, in which the author traveled through Glen Canyon prior to the dam being built that buried the canyon– with two opponents on western water use, Dominy and Sierra Club’s David Browser. Going father into the hijinks, trick mirrors, and political gaming of water rights, I also suggest Marc Resiner’s Cadillac Desert.

Anyhow, here’s me reading poems and rambling–

CogDog reading River Poems

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  1. I used Encounters with the Archdruid in a Wilderness Literature class I taught with high school kids a couple times. David Brower was remarkable and a huge inspiration to me. Sitting at the bottom of the canyon reading that and some Abbey or Powell was always fun!

    Speaking of Cadillacs and Arizona authors and Arizona lore, Cadillac Cowboys by Glendon Swarthout is a great look at the desert life. Swarthout was best known for Bless the Beasts and Children and that is awesome, but I suggest the Tin Lizzie Troop as another desert classic.

  2. When I wrote the last comment I had not listened to the audio and the stories and the poems. Man, this is awesome. A new way to experience a blog post! So much more depth in the audio and combining the poems of others with your stories. Just awesome!

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