–Sighting the Flood
Sighting the Flood (2013)
by Rodney Nelson
Rodney Nelson’s Red River prairie is a seabed, and in flood time the brown waters seem to reach out toward the old shores. Of late, he says, “a spring emergency has become routine. Forecasted river levels keep changing. Temporary dikes go up. Everyone is prepared to join in; and at one point the governor makes a public call on Washington for emergency assistance. The so-called flood flight has become ritual and a dark source of pride.” Some of the poems in Sighting the Flood touch on this annual crisis and the prairie minds that have to undergo it.
(This title is now available through Middle Island Press and Amazon.com.)