Here's a sampling of High Plains titles on Wyoming and the West: history, outlaws and lawmen, women, poetry, memoirs, and other perspectives of the West. For more information click on the image of the book.
Follow the Boys of Company K to Wyoming during the Civil War.
The inside story of the life of Butch Cassidy.
Poems that will change the way the world looks at women in ranching.
A side of the military you never read about—the official U.S. Army Laundresses.
Did Tom Horn commit the murder of 14-year-old Willie Nickell for which he was hanged?
The story of the horse that became the symbol of Wyoming
A risky living from Indians and explorers.
A road trip for a cause...on a donkey.
In language softly burnished to a fine luster, Jane Wohl’s poems transform
the ordinary into moments of resonant beauty. Her keen eye misses no detail—be
it the recording of a crushed robin’s egg on the sidewalk, or the tag
on a woman’s skirt. These poems are filled with song and compelling narrative,
and are an absolute pleasure to read.
Wohl is an instructor at Sheridan College in Wyoming and in the Goddard College
MFA in Writing program in Vermont.
“Beasts in Snow is the work of a poet who experiences her world much
like a worm—instead of using her eyes, Jane Wohl sees through her skin.
Images exist because she has felt them—the weight of scallions in her
hand is as significant as the weight of words on a page. The questions that
this book raises—for example, ‘how much does a skeleton of the
hand change from person to person?’—made me slow my pace, contemplate
neglected parts of my body, my world, in distinct and delicate ways.”
Georgiou, Mercy Mercy Me
Jane Wohl didn't realize she was a poet until she moved to Wyoming in 1978 when the combination of motherhood and an unforgiving, but compelling, landscape grabbed hold of her and shook the words out. She has been writing ever since.
Now she realizes that she probably always had a poet’s mind, but until she came to Wyoming her creativity had emerged through music, dance, and visual art. Her poetic influences start with Rudyard Kipling read to her by her father. Kipling’s lyrical prose rolled around in her head until she committed large chunks to memory.
Although she wrote some poems as a teenager (who doesn't?), it was the bleak and beautiful Wyoming landscape and the joy and pain of rearing children that brought the poetry back to her.
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