An anthology of poetry by over 60 poets from and inspired to write poetry about The Finger Lakes Region in Upstate, NY.
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From the introduction:
According to Native American legend, the Great Spirit looked upon this land, we all live in and around with special favor. Reaching down to bless the soil, the Creator left the imprint of His hand, creating the Finger Lakes.
Geologiest tell the sory a bit differently: as the ice age ended, glaciers, covering what is now northern New Yorki recedev, In doing so, they gouged giant holes in what became the Finger Lakes region. These gouges formed not only our lakes, but also our spectacular gorges and waterfalls.
Lying withing an imaginary triangle between Syracuse, Rochester, and Elmira-Corning, the eleven Finger Lakes provide the inspiration for this collection of poetry.
The Last leaves cut loose ahead of the wind
Snow by nightfall. We'll be
islanded in silence by morning.
The summer's behind us at last --
a perfectly sensible search for land, we said,
but always something wanting--
home site, facing south--farm pond--view--
year-round road-room for barn and wood shop--
wanted most to be islanded in woods,
one woodpecker knocking on the silence,
old growth forest listening deep around us.
-- Linda Allardt