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A Ranch Bordering the Salty River by Stephen Page

Rated 5.00 out of 5 based on 18 customer ratings
(18 customer reviews)

$14.99

Thoroughly enjoyed A Ranch Bordering the Salty River! A story so close to nature told in poetry. My absolute favorite -“This Morning” Thank you Stephen!

– Laura Berman

 

I have read most of the poems you had put in the ranch book before. However I wanted to read them in the order you placed in the book. I did it twice. I really enjoyed the flow. Really enjoyed it.

– Deborah Page

 

Stephen Page’sA Ranch Bordering the Salty River” is a unique collection of poems whose main subject is an American managing a large ranch in Argentina. Generally an unsentimental account of chores, local workers and natural wonders, Page presents striking and convincing images and diction. The Wild West is still alive, but it’s in South America.”

– Ed Ochester

 

This is a short collection of thought provoking poems surrounding a gaucho life in Argentina, the culture of Argentina and it’s beauty and flow. A welcome addition to any collection on Argentina culture and poetry.

– Ross Ferg

 

Blurb from Colette Inez

This strong and unerringly honest book gives us a unique perspective of a poet/rancher. The poet (his books and diplomas hidden in a secret room) has an insightful grasp of the largely uneasy worker-boss relationship and makes poems out of his ambivalence. Page’s world of horses, cows, birds, grasses, native flowers, and trees are evoked with a mix of lyricism and exactitude. We come to trust his attachment to the land and to his wife and to his wife’s family. All this with a glimmer of a love story in which we may imagine what brought this erudite poet to gaucho country add up to a memorable collection.

– Colette Inez, author of The Luba Poems

Finishing Line Press

Rating: ***** [5 of 5 Stars!]

 

 

Mother Nature, the world of the gauchos, bees, an Argentine ranch:  with vivid accuracy and little sentimentality, Stephen Page delineates the sensibilities and life of Jonathan, a rancher. The afternoon mate taken, observations of cattle, mosquitoes, flora and fauna not only of the physical landscape, but the mental landscape of those that inhabit it, Page returns again and again to the restorative old ways of nature: “Yesterday I walked to the Wood. / Yesterday I walked back. / Yesterday I walked. Yesterday / I want to return to the Wood, / To the way it was.”

– Mộng-Lan, author of One Thousand Minds Brimming.

Rating: ***** [5 of 5 Stars!]

 

A Ranch Bordering the Salty River is a character-driven poetic narrative filled with suspense, cruelty, love of mate, goddesses, Teresa, family, and nature that nature that coexists with cattle, cattle ranches, and gauchos alike. There are heroes—Jonathan the narrator and The Horseback Vet—juxtaposed with villains of all sorts which one is likely to encounter on ranches. At the “Tree root” Jonathan (a man of many occupations besides ranching) longs not to be driven by soy-for-profit which his business partner urges: “to plow away more of my grass, shot the quail, trap the armadillos, flit away the mockingbird, spray to death the flowers, plant genetically modified soy, sterilize my herd to nothing”; rather, he wants “Transformations” – “let the cattle feed…keep the fields clovered…take daily strolls in the quiet of the Wood…watch for hours bumblebees work, and lock eyes with the mockingbird.” Jonathan has this unescapable longing “to return to the wood/To the way it was.” Stephen Page will take you there and upon returning, you too will be changed.

– Diane Sahms-Guarnieri, author of Images of Being

Rating: ***** [5 of 5 Stars!]

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A Ranch Bordering the Salty River

by Stephen Page

$14.99, paper

18 reviews for A Ranch Bordering the Salty River by Stephen Page

  1. Rated 5 out of 5

    “Stephen Page’s “A Ranch Bordering the Salty River” is a unique collection of poems whose main subject is an American managing a large ranch in Argentina. Generally an unsentimental account of chores, local workers and natural wonders, Page presents striking and convincing images and diction. The Wild West is still alive, but it’s in South America” — Ed Ochester

  2. Rated 5 out of 5

    Thoroughly enjoyed A Ranch Bordering the Salty River! A story so close to nature told in poetry. My absolute favorite -“This Morning” Thank you Stephen! – Laura Berman

  3. Rated 5 out of 5

    I have read most of the poems you had put in the ranch book before. However I wanted to read them in the order you placed in the book. I did it twice. I really enjoyed the flow. Really enjoyed it. – Deborah Page

  4. Rated 5 out of 5

    “Stephen Page’s “A Ranch Bordering the Salty River” is a unique collection of poems whose main subject is an American managing a large ranch in Argentina. Generally an unsentimental account of chores, local workers and natural wonders, Page presents striking and convincing images and diction. The Wild West is still alive, but it’s in South America.” – Ed Ochester

  5. Rated 5 out of 5

    This is a short collection of thought provoking poems surrounding a gaucho life in Argentina, the culture of Argentina and it’s beauty and flow. A welcome addition to any collection on Argentina culture and poetry. – Ross Ferg

  6. Rated 5 out of 5

    5.0 out of 5 stars2017 … Back to reading.
    By Patricia A. Krause

    This little gem is a unique collection of poems told by a poet/rancher/old school friend. A New Years resolution to get back to reading has led me here …. finally. Back to the good stuff.

  7. Rated 5 out of 5

    Beautiful work of art crafted in clean, clear & graceful poetry. “Wolfed this down” in 20 minutes when I received it. Had to re-read just to immerse myself & be transported to these places & experiences again. Felt the experience of being there (I could actually smell the ranch)! A gritty realism, sometimes tragic, at other times, sweet. Incredibly talented.–By wannaknowanswers

  8. Rated 5 out of 5

    Book Reviews about “A Ranch Bordering the Salty River”

    There is a sincerity that runs throughout this short work that touches the soul as Jonathon shares the joys, hardships, secrets, and the dangers that entwine the life of a rancher in Argentina. It is the type of storytelling that mesmerizes the reader as told through the voice of a poet. It captures in me in the same mood as would a poem written by Frost… So much that isn’t said is very aptly implied.

    The sense of becoming one with the storyteller is very real as one visualizes all that is going on. One becomes the persona sipping mate while taking in the beauty of the landscape, the woods, and the moon. One’s senses come to life with the scent of eucalyptus, the permeation of cow shit, the witnessing and aid of new life as a cow struggles to give birth, or death for the unfortunate calf who wasn’t reached in time. The wild imaginings and anticipations of a child heading toward the chickens are measured against the precariousness of one’s situation as rustlers bid the need to holster one’s gun and sheath one’s knife.

    The ability to say so much in such few words and such a short work shows the nature of a truly gifted poet.

    — Kevin Cooper of KC Books & Music

  9. Rated 5 out of 5

    “Llegar a casa y sorprenderte con un bello libro de un gran autor y además dedicado!!!. Que más se puede pedir para la puerta de un finde largo y además de mi cumple feliz!!. Gracias #aranchborderingthesaltyriver” #FinishingLinePress, y Stephen Page — Verónica Kolodesky

  10. Rated 5 out of 5

    Poetry in the hands of MFAs had become a febrile plant indeed. Now, Stephen does have an MFA but it hasn’t caused him to stray from the truth of the very unromantic, brutal nature of ranching in South America, while at the same time exposing the reader to the beauty and satisfaction that is there if one can see it. Stephan sees it and with his insight lets us see it as well.

  11. Rated 5 out of 5

    A Ranch Bordering the Salty River presented a lifestyle unknown to me, yet strangely familiar; the nuances of everyday life, the thoughts, checks and balances corresponding to a lifestyle known.
    As humans we experience widely diverse lives, yet the intricacies of each are tightly woven in personalities, responses and reactions experienced and understood, in varying shades, by all.
    Stephen has, in this book, captured the multiplicity of being human in all its raw honesty, and laid it bare for the reader to absorb, to delight within, to ponder, to agree.
    A very rich and rewarding reading experience, Stephen. Thank You.

  12. Rated 5 out of 5

    DAMN GOOD READ. – Sean X

  13. Rated 5 out of 5

    I’m struck by a quaint individualized grace in these poems that fuse nature with the human spirit. Models of understatement, these poems are startling and moving, allusively beautiful work that springs forth from a rich and diverse personal mythology. I want this book! — David Thane Cornell

  14. Rated 5 out of 5

    I celebrate your book on ranch and farming! — Esther Cross, author of Tres Hermanos.

  15. Rated 5 out of 5

    Book Review: A Ranch Bordering the Salty River by Stephen Page by Garrett Dennert on Orson’s Pubishing

    A Ranch Bordering the Salty River by Stephen Page

    ★★★★★ Stephen Page’s A Ranch Bordering the Salty River accomplishes something quite impressive just in its genre-bending layout: 20 pointed poems tell a story whose depth could span the breadth of a novel. More impressive, these poems stay with you; this story stays with you. The lingering power of A Ranch Bordering the Salty River is made possible by Page’s control over language. Not only are we granted what feels like exclusive access to wonderful imagery of the natural world, but we’re slow-dripped a cast of characters (and the ensuing plot) in a way that never feels forced or overwhelming.
    At the core of A Ranch Bordering the Salty River is Jonathan, a rancher who navigates the ups and downs of attempting to run an environmentally-conscious ranch alongside his wife. He’s faced with various problems along the way if he is to stay true to the craft, and true to himself — if he and the ranch are to live on, how are each of them to change? How is change to be handled?
    In this way, I think Jonathan strikes two different chords: 1) his passion for the outdoors is contagious; readers, too, will be drawn to the woods, to the sky, to the birds, and 2) as the world continues its debate over the causes and effects of climate change, Jonathan is an important character for readers to observe and learn from, no matter their area code.

    A Ranch Bordering the Salty River is an important book, and one Page graciously invites us into. One where he offers us a chair he’s built by hand and asks us to stay a while, to share some mate, to breathe.

    #orsonsPublishing #ranching #ecoRanching Stephen Page Finishing Line Press Orson’s Publishing #garrettDennert

    http://orsonspublishing.com/blog/review-stephen-page

  16. Rated 5 out of 5

    Tense with Poles
    A Ranch Bordering the Salty River
    By Stephen Page
    Reviewed by Kate McCahill

    Stephen Page’s twenty-poem collection, “A Ranch Bordering the Salty River,” explores the second half of a life, as Page’s narrator navigates the transitions from city to country, from intellectual toil to physical labor, and from youth to middle age. 

    In language rich with natural imagery and tense with the poles of joy and disillusionment, Page has written a collection that leaves an indelible imprint. These layered stories-in-poems render birth extraordinary, death ordinary, and the natural world a disappearing muse, a forested siren the narrator yearns to know. Ever relevant and always beautiful, “A Ranch Bordering the Salty River” contemplates the possession of land alongside the inscrutable mystery of the natural world. 

    Bio Kate Mccahill
    Welcome! I’m the author of “Patagonian Road: A Year Alone Through Latin America” (Santa Fe Writers Project, 2017). Editor-in-chief of the Santa Fe Literary Review, I’m also an assistant professor of English at the Santa Fe Community College in New Mexico. Books + words are my first true loves. Learn more at http://www.katemccahill.com/

  17. Rated 5 out of 5

    Tomando mate y viendo la hermosa edición. Muchas gracias.

  18. Rated 5 out of 5

    I read your book again on Sunday… it is like good wine it just gets better with time!! — Lara Berman

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