By Lisa Knopp
During this contemplative number of essays, Lisa Knopp strikes out from the prairies of Nebraska and Iowa to surround a completely built imaginative and prescient of sunshine, reminiscence, switch, separateness, time, symbols, accountability, and solidarity. Knopp charts a stimulating direction one of the person, group, and tradition that gets rid of the bounds among self and different, permitting one to develop into totally found in the area. Her willing imaginative and prescient sees past the standard to light up the mysteries and meanings of our own and average worlds.
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I had long been familiar with these two places, but through the discipline of seeingof remaining alert and of making the eye innocentI became intimate with them. I feel an urgency to see and record the wild places I know before they are gone. Each day, I am reminded that the natural world is vanishing. A shopping center sprawls too close to Nebraska's only salt marsh. Songbird populations have declined by 30 percent since 1980 because of habitat loss. Unchecked agricultural runoff and industrial waste have placed the Mississippi, the Missouri, and the Platte on the list of endangered rivers at various times in recent years.
The YWCA has moved to a new west-side building. Computer terminals glow beneath the marble busts of Burlington's founding fathers at Iowa's oldest public library (1896). A new, larger library building with better electrical wiring is in the works. Because I am historical when I walk the hills of Burlington, there my sense of loss is most acute. But change is more easily integrated when witnessed. After the Great River Bridge opened to traffic in 1993, the old green McArthur Bridge that once sang beneath our tires was dismantled, floated downriver piece by piece, and sold as scrap metal, an ignoble end for such a noble bridge.
Since those legendary times, the pheasant has continued to be a hardy and desirable settler. Moreover, he is one of our earliest European immigrants. In 1790, Ben Franklin's son-in-law, Richard Bache, released the first shipment of English black-necks in the wilds of New Jersey. They dispersed, as did those in subsequent releases, establishing themselves throughout the East and Midwest. Then about a century later, O. N. Denny, the American consul general in Shanghai, trapped a hundred pairs of Chinese pheasants, each possessing the full white circle about the throathence the name "ring-neck"and released them in Oregon's Willamette Valley, where they prospered beyond anyone's expectations.