Robert King recounts his exploration of the 'almost unnoticeable' along North Dakota's Sheyenne River, from its headwaters to river's end. With every experience along the way - tracing a military campaign, canoeing the river, visiting a ghost town and even trying to sleep in an ancient Cheyenne village - King delves deeper into the river's culture. Each stop in his travels, each chapter of his writing, brings to light a different aspect of the plains, focusing on Native American culture, pioneer society, religion, war, agriculture, and nature. In the hands of this gifted thinker and writer, local facts yield universal metaphor. An able guide, King illuminates the ordinary from the perspectives of history, science, and literature. Blending travel narrative, interesting details, and poetic reflection, "Stepping Twice Into the River" takes readers on a journey through time, revealing both stability and change and offering prairie wisdom. Readers will find in Robert King an affable and delightful guide, a painter of a vivid portrait of human endeavour on the northern plains.
Table of Contents
Around the Beginning in Sheridan County; Continental Divide: Looking Back Across the Years; Faith in North Dakota; Sprit Lake, Spirit Heart; With Heraclitus and Niollett on the Sheyenne; Lost in the Bottomlands; Following General Sibley; At the Fort, at the Village; Past and Future in the Grasslands; River End: The Bonanza Valley; The Winter Houses.
Robert King's poems, short fiction, and essays have appeared in numerous journals and magazines, including The Missouri Review, South Dakota Review, and Weber Studies. He has published five chapbooks and is the winner of the National Writer's Union Prize for Poetry in 2000. He lives in Greeley, Colorado.