Friday, July 27, 2007

New book: Artifact

Artifact: A Cultural Geography of Wyoming
By: Michael McClure
Wyoming F 762 .M166 2007

Lander photographer Mike McClure's 2003 exhibit, "Artifact: A Cultural Geography," which captured many of the disintegrating relics across the state in graceful black and white photographs, is now available in book form.

With a foreward by University of Wyoming history professor Phil Roberts and passages from other authors, McClure's photographs document the "history of man's imprint on the landscape of the American West."

Tuesday, July 24, 2007

Thank you, thank you, thank you!!

The CWC Library received fantastic news today: an anonymous donor gave our newly-established endowment fund a tremendous kick-start with the $5,000 we needed to make sure the funds would be matched by the state. We are tremendously grateful and look forward to putting the money to good use!

Wednesday, July 18, 2007

New Book: The Places in Between

The Places in Between
By: Rory Stewart
DS 352.S74 2006

You've heard about the man who walked across Afghanistan relying on the kindness of strangers. Now read his story.

Stewart began his journeyin in January 2002. Along the way he met heroes and rogues, tribal elders and teenage soldiers, Taliban commanders and foreign-aid workers.

Through these encounters Stewart makes tangible the forces of tradition, ideology, and allegiance that shape life in the map's countless places in between.

Monday, July 16, 2007

What we're reading: Sue Thompson

Academic Services Administrative Assistant Sue Thompson is reading Alma Mater, by P.F. Kluge, a member of the faculty of Kenyon College in Ohio.

Sue is reading Alma Mater in preparation for CWC August staff book discussion, which will be led by CWC Vice President J.D. Rottweiler and Chief Information Officer John Wood.

In case you missed it, January's staff book discussion was a great hit. The book, The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Nighttime, by Mark Haddon, is still available (PZ 7 .H1165 CU 2003) and we're keeping our eyes peeled for word of a movie version.

Tuesday, July 3, 2007

Come discuss Here, Bullet on July 12

How can anyone wrap their mind around what is happening to U.S. soldiers in Iraq? Three-minute news clips hardly do justice to such an enormous situation. In "Here, Bullet," Brian Turner gives us a chance.

Turner, who has a Master of Fine Arts degree in poetry from the University of Oregon, wrote most of the poems while serving as an infantry team leader in Iraq. He joined the Army in 1998 and served in Bosnia-Herzegovinia before being deployed to Mosul, Iraq with the 3rd Stryker Brigade Combat Team, 2nd Infantry Division in 2003.

Here, Bullet,” which contains 47 poems, was published by Alice James Books in 2005 and has since earned several prestigious awards and attracted the attention of national media.

During one interview, Turner explained his title poem, “Here, Bullet,” was a “taunt toward death” as much of a tangible expression of fear.

“That poem came out in an outburst,” Turner told The News Hour’s Jim Lehrer. “What I did was I wrote it and I don't know what this means, but I folded it up and I put it in a Ziploc bag and I put it in my left breast pocket, and I kept it with me for the remainder of my time there in my uniform.”

Here, Bullet

If a body is what you want,
then here is bone and gristle and flesh.
Here is the clavicle-snapped wish,
the aorta's opened valves, the leap
thought makes at the synaptic gap.
Here is the adrenaline rush you crave,
that inexorable flight, that insane puncture
into heat and blood. And I dare you to finish
what you've started. Because here, Bullet,
here is where I complete the word you bring
hissing through the air, here is where I moan
the barrel's cold esophagus, triggering
my tongue's explosives for the rifling I have
inside of me, each twist of the round
spun deeper, because here, Bullet,
here is where the world ends, every time.

The book discussion about “Here, Bullet” will be held at 4:30 p.m. in the CWC Library’s upstairs conference room on Thursday, July 12. For more information, call 855-2141.