With its headwaters in Rocky Mountain National Park and flowing down
Poudre Canyon, through Fort Collins, and out to the South Platte River
near Greeley, the Cache La Poudre is the Front Range's last free-flowing
river. The Poudre, however, is deeply threatened. New dams and diversions
are planned upstream and downstream and on several of the Poudre's tributaries.
the Fall of 2005, we solictied essays, stories, and poems to celebrate
the Cache La Poudre River. We received dozens of exceptional pieces,
and we are proud to say that Pulse of the River is an exceptional
book. Thirty Colorado writers and poets have contributed personal, unique
stories that celebrate the Poudre. The book has four sections: "Maybe
I'm in Love," "A Kind of Vertigo," "Spiral of Our
Life," and "Our Bodies are Rivers," each exploring a
poignant aspect of the Poudre. We hope Pulse of the River will
help galvanize public sentiment about the beauty and necessity of the
This river is loved by as many peoplemany who recreate, many who
just find renewal in the smells and sights and sounds of wild-running
wateras any river I know. The Poudre (Ive been
lucky to hike and fish it for 35 years) now faces all the Wests
classic wrecking forcesdams, diversions, and plain neglectand
they can ruin this life force before we know it. Read Pulse of the River
and let these writers take you to their river. My guess it that it will
fuel a passion to honor a magical place that needs and deserves our
-- Charles Wilkinson
Wockner and Laura Pritchett have skillfully gathered these essays and
poems and sent them purling downstream to readers, in hopes that all
of us will learn to love this threatened river enough to save it. The
rivers pulse traces the spiral of our lives and reminds us that
our bodies are riversand
that when we kill the rivers in our home landscapes, we extinguish a
part of ourselves.
is a book with all the blessed diversity of the Cache la Poudre itself,
moving through all the wildlands and farmlands, uplands and flatlands
of nature and human nature conjoined.
-- George Sibley
is a book about love. Love so charged with energy that it can carry
us through hell or high water. Love so essential that it flows out of
and through us with the force of the river of life, leaving us scoured,
reshaped, re-born, connected again and again. Read this book carefully:
it carries all of water's power to kill and heal.
-- Susan Tweit
Wockner and Laura Pritchett have done it again. The battle to save what's
left of the planet's natural environment will not be won at the nation-state
level; it will, rather be won river by river, watershed by watershed,
when people stand up and shout: We will not allow this! This book is
such a statement.
-- M. John Fayhee
Will be scheduled throughout the Fall of 2006 and into 2007 in Colorado.
Oct. 27th, Front Range Community College, Fort Collins. Readers: Blair
Oliver, Kerri Mitchell, Gary Wockner.
Nov. 11th, 2:00pm, Tattered Cover (LODO), Denver. Readers: Clarissa
Pinkola Estes, Lary Kleeman, Jack Martin, Steve Miles, Gary Wockner,
Laura Pritchett. Click
here for event info.
1st. 7:00pm - 9:00pm. BOOK
LAUNCH PARTY! New Belgium Brewery, Fort Collins.
Dec. 2nd, 1:00-3:00. Rist Canyon Festival, Bellvue. (booth and signing)
Jan. 13th, Barnes and Noble, Fort Collins.
Jan. 20th, Loveland Library, 1:00.
from the sale of this book will be donated to Colorado
Water Trust which works throughout Colorado to buy and preserve
water for river conservation.
ISBN 1-55566-392-3. $17.00 AVAILABLE NOW at all bookstores, online
and otherwise. The Matter Bookstore in Fort Collins always has a big
stock. Available from AMAZON
Kit: Interviews, event scheduling, review copies,
etc. will be handled by Gary
Wockner, Laura Pritchett,
and Linda Doyle at
Johnson Books. Please send an email.
Hi-resolution cover image, click
Earth Publishing, Boulder, Colorado. (800) 258-5830.
Gary Wockner and Laura
Laura Katers, taken up Poudre Canyon.
For reprint permission, contact the individual author or Gary