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Poem: The Wild Inside By Cynthia Anderson

08/01/2012 ● By Denise Brown

I know it’s time to clean house
 by the grains of decomposed granite underfoot. They track in on the soles
 of our shoes, then needle our bare feet

Poem: Receding Moon

08/01/2012 ● By Denise Brown

They say the moon is receding
bit by bit, like a person who needs to be elsewhere and wants to break it to you slowly, so slowly
you don’t even notice.

Poem: The Last Bird

08/01/2012 ● By Denise Brown

In the trees, along the lake,
countless water birds
breed in the winter months.
Snow-white egrets resting
beside soot-black cormorants,
the mighty open bill storks lived peaceably next to the small white ibises,

Poem: Spring Stream

08/01/2012 ● By Denise Brown

A clapping cloudburst created an instant stream in Palo Verde Wash: a small gush of water with a tenuous life span. With one strong breath the cloud fled, leaving the birthing steam.

Poem: Memories of the Sun

08/01/2012 ● By Denise Brown

The housing boom has advanced inland from the coast, bring- ing the rumble and bleat of bulldozers to our bucolic desert community. In almost every vacant lot, houses are built with jackrabbit quickness and sold before their dun-colored stucco coats dry

Excerpt from JANE: The Women Who Loved Tarzan By Robin Maxwell

08/01/2012 ● By Denise Brown

Her age was indeterminate—somewhere approaching thirty, but her presence was one of striking vitality and self- assurance. She was tall and slender beneath the knee-length suit coat of fine brown wool. Her honey-colored hair was tucked up beneath a simple toque of black felt, not one of those large frivolous feathered creations that these days hung perilously cantilevered over a woman’s face

Book Review: Jane: The Woman Who Loved Tarzan By Robin Maxwell

08/01/2012 ● By Denise Brown

Local hi-desert writer, Robin Maxwell, author of O, Juliet, and many other popular works of historical fiction, has written a book about another famous pair of lovers, Tarzan and Jane. The story focuses on Jane, a brilliant strong- minded woman and her relationship with apeman Tarzan.

Book Review: Opaque Traveler A Dream Sequence in Verse
 By Brian Michael Tracy

08/01/2012 ● By Denise Brown

In Opaque Traveler, Brian Tracy invites us into his world of dreams, a nocturnal realm of fantasy, personal mythos, and swirling, colorful, ethereal visions.

Book Review: Muir Roots 
At One With the Wild Photographic Tales By David Jesse McChesney

08/01/2012 ● By Denise Brown

David Jesse McChesney is a master wildlife photographer. His photographs of animals and birds are second to none. The quality of each photograph is stellar.

Book Review: Ghosts of Ide County By Kurt Schauppner

08/01/2012 ● By Denise Brown

Yet this book sneaks up on you. Suddenly you realize that these are people like ourselves, the kind of people who love their children so much, it’s painful. While children need love like this in order to thrive, it is irrelevant to their self-absorbed worlds. It’s all too familiar.