Melissa Lamberton Publishes Essay in Terrain.Org
— filed under: Creative Writing
"Trees require water—and nothing that claims water in the Southwest remains unchallenged for long." --Melissa Lamberton, "The Thirsty Tree"
Melissa L. Lamberton, a member of the MFA Program in Creative Writing and Environment, has published an essay in Terrain.org, a journal of the built and natural environments.
"Like all stories about the American Southwest, this one begins with water. The open, rugged landscape had everything else—mountains laced with copper ore, vast stands of timber, fertile soil, and warm weather. But rivers, running rampant through red-rimmed canyons and rocky gullies, held only a fraction of the water demanded by the influx of 19th-century settlers. Scorching months could pass without an inch of rain, and then a single storm would tear the topsoil to pieces. Water never came in the right amounts, or at the right time."