4 responses

  1. David Crumpler
    July 12, 2016

    If I was a rock, I would love this essay. But I’m a human, and damn I just want a thought, reaction or an emotion from some place personal. Still, it’s lush with imagery and clever observation. A great essay, Gretchen!


  2. Chivas Sandage
    August 2, 2016

    David, I am also a human, one who loves this essay. For this non-rock reader, “Timberline” is deeply personal, if “personal” can refer to the revelation of perspective. In this case, our narrator speaks on behalf of a people, over time, inhabiting place. While so many contemporary (west-centric) essays rely on “I”–this one relies entirely on “we.” How refreshing and relevant! Here is a line I’ll hold close: “We are all emigrants in this wilderness that is not, settled centuries ago as migrations followed straights north and south rather than history told east to west.”


  3. Elizabeth Smith
    March 10, 2020

    This essay truly touched my emotions, as another non-rock reader, “Timberline” is beautifully written, and took me to a vivid world through the perspective of another time and place. Well done Gretchen!


  4. Wyn Pitnick
    May 27, 2020

    As a self identified rock I love this essay. I found it descriptive and passionate in writing and found it did truly capture the rock lifestyle. I found it easy to conjure images of previous rocky outcrops I did enjoy in the past, and found the conjured memories truly enjoyable.


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