The Western Literature Association
Texas Christian University Press
Copyright © 1987 by The Western Literature Association.
Library of Congress Cataloging-in-Publication Data
Main entry under title:
A Literary history of the American West.
1. American literature—West (U.S.)—History and
2. West (U.S.) in literature.
Literature Association (U.S.)
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An excerpt from “Estimated Prophet” by John Barlow and Bob Weir is reprinted by permission of
Ice-Nine Publishing Co., Inc. © 1977, 1979 by Ice-Nine Publishing Co., Inc.
An excerpt from “The Night Chant: A Navajo Ceremonial” is reprinted from Four Masterworks
of American Indian Literature, edited and translated by John Bierhorst. © 1974 by John Bierhorst. Re-
printed by permission of John Bierhorst.
“Abiquiu—Thursday in Holy Week” is reprinted from New & Selected Poems by Peggy Pond
Church. © 1976 by Ahsahta Press at Boise State University. Reprinted by permission of Ahsahta Press.
“Tin Cans at Keeler” is reprinted from If There Is Time by Hildegarde Flanner (published 1942 by
New Directions Publishing Corp.). © 1942 by Hildegarde Flanner. Reprinted by permission of Hilde-
“The Occultation of Venus” and “Sheep Herding” by Sharlot Hall are reprinted from Women
Poets of the West: An Anthology, 1850–1950. © 1978 by Ahsahta Press at Boise State University. Re-
printed by permission of Ahsahta Press.
An excerpt from Letter to an Imaginary Friend, Parts III & IV by Thomas McGrath is reprinted by
permission of Copper Canyon Press. © 1985 by Thomas McGrath.
“Like Chief Joseph, the Nez Perce” is reprinted from Selected Poems by Norman Macleod. © 1975
by Ahsahta Press at Boise State University. Reprinted by permission of Ahsahta Press.
“Tired” is reprinted from If I Could Sleep Deeply Enoug