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Plateau Province Poetics - 1st Quarter
Plateau Province Poetics - 1st Quarter
Plateau Province Poetics
Witnessing the Anthropocene
First Quarter – The Anthropocene; The WEST
January 2018 – March 2018
Beyond the 100th Meridian – Wallace Stegner
The 6th Extinction – Elizabeth Kolbert
After We All Died – Allison Cobb
Cadillac Desert – Marc Reisner
When the Rivers Run Dry – Fred Pearce (The entire book is wonderful and informative, we will excerpt
the following: I.3, pg 59‐63, IV.14, X)
Two in the Far North – Marguerite Murie
Create a sketch book/journal/folder to be used for the year
Listen to Everybody Knows This is Nowhere (Album by Neil Young and Crazy Horse)
Listen to The Ezra Klein Show Episode: Elizabeth Kolbert: We have locked in centuries of climate change
Make a representation showing all the public access points on the Yampa, Little Snake, and White Rivers
this could be a map, a painting, drawing, sculpture, poem...
Plateau Province Poetics FAQ’s
1. Who is conducting this program? What are their credentials? The idea sounds great, however,
what makes this different from the field courses I took in college?
My name is Emily Waldron and Plateau Province Poetics is my creation. I have a BS in
Geology from the University of Puget Sound and nearly 10 years of work experience in
the oilfield and regulation of the oilfield in Colorado and all over the western US. Last
summer I attended Naropa University's Summer Writing Program, which boasts a legacy
including Ginsberg and Collum. I was able to spend one week studying with Lisa Jarnot
and she is the one who gave me the idea to "teach" a class about my passions, in a less
formal setting than a community college or university. She taught a similarly structured
class out of her apartment in New York city in 2015. This will be different than a field
class, at least of the variety that I took in college, because I truly want it to be multi‐
disciplinary. I want the science to bleed into the poetry, into the painting, into the
photographs...I want the scenery to make people ask questions of a more scientific
nature. I want those questions to lead to questions and discussions about past, present
and future land use in the WEST. I want us to begin thinking enough about the
Anthropocene to see its presence everywhere. This class will also be different because
after the first 2 books each quarter's texts and other materials can be consumed in the
order and pace which suites each individual. I hope that this method will encourage
inter‐disciplinary works and discussions during our monthly meetings.
2. Where does the money go? Is this a purely Young Bloods venture? Are the funds I might
contribute to this course going into more Young Bloods programming? Or is this going into the
pocket of the instructor?
The fee to take PPP will go directly into funding our field trips (gas, motels, car rentals,
incidentals, food) and into purchasing a set of "classroom" books which can be checked out
if you are taking PPP. It is a goal of YBC to design other programs like this, and to pay the
instructors of the courses a reasonable amount of compensation. However, I am more
inclined in this situation to donate my time so that all the fees can be used to make the class
as immersive and exploratory as I imagine it can be.
3. Is this a program focused purely on place?
PPP is not focused purely on place. It is designed to spark a deeper creative link to the
area we live in, but it is not just a history class, not just a class where we check off scenic
points in our backyard. I have a list of ideas for each quarter's field trip, I am waiting to
finalize that based on the number of students I end up with, their time and mobility, and
the amount of funding YBC is able to raise for this. My dream trip would be a 4 day
rafting trip through Gates of Lodore, that one is definitely funding dependent!
4. What is the time commitment to take the course?
Students can take the entire year long course or can take individual quarters. We will
meet once a month to discuss readings. The time and place will be determined each
quarter, and each meeting will last several hours. Meeting twice a month for shorter
times is also an option. Each quarter will require a one or two day field trip. The final for
all students, taking a quarter or the entire year, is to exhibit one piece in the group