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Marking the Magic Circle

George Venn

1987. ISBN 978-0-87071-353-8. Paperback, $15.95.

1987. ISBN 978-0-87071-352-1. Hardcover, $24.95.

Award: Silver Medal and Special Award for Oregon Literature, Literary Arts, 1988

100 Best Oregon Books (1800-2000), Oregon Cultural Heritage Commission, 2005

George Venn, in this collection of poetry, fiction, Chinese translations, and essays both personal and literary, challenges his readers to root themselves in the strength of home, rather than looking for direction to far away intellectual and political centers. His writing resonates with the reality of life in the Northwest -- the spiritual richness of a life lived in harmony with the requirements of place, and the problems of unemployment and poverty faced by so many in the region. In his literary essays Venn explores the rich variety of the Northwest’s literary heritage, and undertakes to convince those who live in the region of the value and authenticity of this heritage. Venn’s blend of creativity and scholarship is unique in the Northwest, enriching both his scholarship with a poet’s vision and his poetry and fiction with a deep understanding of their context and roots in the region’s literature.

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