Storytelling has a long history on Mount St. Helens. Lawetlat'la, as the mountain is known to the Cowlitz Tribe and others, has been a cornerstone in indigenous oral tradition for millennia. Colonizers, settlers, and visitors to the region have been also drawn inspiration from this ephemeral mountain. It is difficult to visit the volcano and not leave with a sense of inspiration and awe, and here we have provided a collection of published works of poetry and prose by those who have visited or lived their lives in the shadow of this powerful volcano.
Reprinted with permission, from Ursula K. Le Guin, In the Red Zone. © 1983 by Lord John Press.
|Prologue: Concerning Violence||Ursula Le Guin||READ|
Most popular accounts of the momentous eruption have focused on the devastation. More recent scientific work tells a story of unexpectedly rapid and varied ecological and geological change. In the Blast Zone is the first book to present a cross-pollination of literary and scientific perspectives on the mountain's history of cataclysm and renewal. Contributors include writers Gary Snyder and Ursula LeGuin and scientists Jerry Franklin and Charlie Crisafulli.
Reprinted with permission, from Charles Goodrich, Kathleen Dean Moore, and Frederick J. Swanson, In the Blast Zone: Catastrophe and Renewal on Mount St. Helens. © 2008 by Oregon State University Press.
|Poetry and prose inspired by Mount St. Helens and written during a 2005 gathering of scientists and writers at Mount St. Helens||READ ALL|
|The Way to Windy Ridge||Tim McNulty||READ|
|Volcanic Blues: or, How the Butterfly Tamed the Volcano||Robert Michael Pyle||READ|
|Mount St. Helens||John Calderazzo||READ|
|On the Ridge||Robin Kimmerer||READ|
|Mountains and Mosses||Nalini Nadkarni||READ|
|Everlasting Wilderness||Christine Colasurdo||READ|
|Science Tribes on Mount St. Helens||James Sedell||READ|
|What if I Chose?||Kim Stafford||READ|
|Language of Volcanic Landscapes||Frederick J. Swanson||READ|
|Pearly Everlasting*||Gary Snyder||READ|
*originally published in: Gary Snyder, Danger on Peaks. © 2005 by Counterpoint Press.
Reprinted with permission, from Terrain.org: A Journal of the Built + Natural Environments, Mount St. Helens in Poetry + Prose © 2013 by Terrain.org: A Journal of the Built + Natural Environments.
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|Dirty Words on Mount St. Helens||Simmons B. Buntin||READ|
|Cinders and Flowers||John Daniel||READ|
|Blind Spot||Cheryl J. Fish||READ|
|Volcanic/Panic||Cheryl J. Fish||READ|
|The Paradox of Enrichment||Christine Colasurdo||READ|
|The One We're Spiraling Into||Derek Sheffield||READ|
|Nest Site||Derek Sheffield||READ|
|Drawing from the Blast Zone||Jolie Kaytes||READ|
|Stretching Attention: Long-Term Science and Creative Writing||Charles Goodrich||READ|