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The Reindeer Camps

By: Barton Sutter

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As industrial civilization threatens to collapse from its own complexity, Barton Sutter’s poems remind us that other cultures have survived for millennia by living closer to the ground. In The Reindeer Camps and Other Poems, he tells tales about village life on the Canadian border, presents startling portraits of northern plants and animals, teases readers with light verse, honors literary ancestors, rejoices in marriage, and, in the long title poem of this collection, traces the ancient ways of Siberian reindeer herders.

 

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A winner of the Minnesota Book Award in fiction, poetry, and non-fiction, Barton Sutter’s latest collection details life on the Canadian border, presents portraits of northern plants and animals, rejoices in marriage, and traces the ancient ways of Siberian reindeer herders. The late Bill Holm called it “unlike anything Sutter (or anyone else) has done before.” Sutter’s poetry reminds us that other cultures have survived for millennia by living closer to the ground.


"My favorites constitute slivers of memory, although ultimately whether they are autobiographical or creative inventions hardly matters to their validity or value... the details make the poems real, which is more important than merely being true." —Zenith City Weekly


 


 


An excerpt from the poem The Reindeer Camps


 


In reindeer winter hunting camps


Where we trap ermine, sable, wolf,


You have to wear a reindeer coat,


Keep reindeer blankets in the tent.


Nothing else will do. Only hollow


Reindeer hair will let you move and live


At 85 below. Always leave your coat outside


Because a tent can burn. Say you


Forget to feed the fire spirit;


Everything goes up.


You dive outside, your coat's inside,


Now what? Now what? You die.

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Authors Barton Sutter
Edition Paperback
ISBN 9781934414842
Publish Date April 2012

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