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Spring's Edge: A Ranch Wife's Chroniclesby Lauri Buyer
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Spring's Edge reflects life during one season on the modern-day Colorado cattle ranch Laurie Buyer once called home. Her diary recounts the day-to-day toil and the challenge of trying to find time to write while continuing to help with outdoor chores, cooking, cleaning, balancing the books, and working for a neighboring ranch.
Chronicling a time of deep personal change, Buyer struggles with her role as a ranch wife, faces the diminishing vitality of an agricultural way of life, and nurses her father through a terminal illness. Buyer tries to bridge the gap between the rural world she cherishes and the inevitable encroachment of urban sprawl. Meanwhile, her writing of landscape and weather, livestock and wildlife, loneliness and intimacy capture the innate rhythms of relationships, the resilience of love, and the astonishing beauty of life on the land.
Chronicling a time of deep personal change, Buyer struggles with her role as a ranch wife in Colorado.
A poet-ranch woman and her cattleman husband work the DM Ranch outside Fairplay, Colorado from spring's edge, mid-February, to the end of May, 1997. An inspired account of a vanishing but noble way of life, a life of magnificent landscapes, humbling weather, cows, horses, dogs and straightforward, hardworking women and men of our contemporary West.
Laurie Wagner Buyer is an award-winning poet born in Edinburgh, Scotland and raised on Air Force bases around the world. She came West in 1975 and hasn't left since. She is the author of three books of poetry. Her nonfiction articles and photographs appear in regional and national newspapers and magazines.
About the Author
Laurie Wagner Buyer speaks, performs, and writes about the experiences of women in the American West. Her books include Side Canyons, Open Range: Poetry of the Re-Imagined West, and Across the High Divide, winner of the 2007 Spur Award for Best Poetry. She lives in Woodland Park, Colorado.
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