What is the West?
"It is a vast speck on a small planet that revolves around a star in the infinite. Except where it is wet, even rain forest, it is arid. Except where it is populated by the planet's dominant species, it harbors a substantial sliver within its speckdom, a sliver that maintains some resemblance to the planet's, and possibly the infinite's, primordial condition, which is to say, something like wilderness. And in that something-like-wilderness, within the sliver of the speck, is what Wallace Stegner called 'the native home of hope.'"
Robert Wrigley is Distinguished University Professor Emeritus at the University of Idaho, having retired from teaching this spring. His new book of poems, Box, will be released in April, 2017.