By Chuck Forsman
Concerning the booklet: work by way of Chuck Forman. Essays and Poems by means of Helen Mayer Harrison and Newton Harrison, Patricia Nelson Limerick, Roger C. Echo-Hawk, Gary Holthaus and Charles Wilkinson. Chuck Forman is a extensively exhibited panorama painter and has been adressing environmental matters because the overdue Seventies.
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This is, after all, an artist who undertook many of his visits to and explorations of these sites by motorcycle. Returning from a trip, he would sometimes recount his experiences in the plural: "We'' went here, "we" left there. Who were "we"? The artist and his motorcycle, it turned out, a late twentieth-century version of the Lone Ranger and Silver, or Don Quixote and Rocinante. Someone who feels this way about a motorcycle has not reserved for himself much in the way of high ground for denouncing the technological affections and enthusiasms of others, and that, I think, is much to Forsman's credit.
He did not, but anyone who has known rivers knows they do speak, that they offer many levels of discourse. The river, Norman Maclean says, carries on a continual conversation Page 59 with itself. Under the rocks of the river are the words, The Word, in the fly-fishing, Johannine, sense: the word that lies at the bottom of all creation. My rivers may be less theological, more personal, but the voice of Elk Creek and the trees along its banks have not diminished with age and distance. RIVER TALK We speak of trees.
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