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Elizabeth is the author of one book of criticism, two of poetry, and three of nonfiction. Her essays, poems, and articles have appeared widely in a variety of journals and magazines. Elizabeth is University Distinguished Professor at Kansas State University.
In a lyrical memoir and meditation on the nature of time and place, Elizabeth Dodd explores a variety of landscapes, reading the records left by inhabitants and by time itself. In spring in the Yucátan peninsula, she marks the equinox among the ruins of the Maya. In summer in the Orkney Islands, she considers linguistic and historic connections with Icelandic sagas. In tallgrass country in the fall, she observes bison and black-footed ferrets returning to their ancestral landscape. In winter in the canyons of the Ancestral Puebloans, she notes the standstill positions of the sun and the moon.
Ranging across continents and millennia, Dodd examines how people have inscribed the concept of time into their physical environments, through rock art, standing stones, and the alignment of buildings on the landscape.
In this collection of exquisite essays, Elizabeth explores the natural and human history of sites in the American Southwest, the caves of southern France, the Kansas grasslands, and the forests of the Pacific Northwest. In the Mind’s Eye considers the artistic and creative impulses of those who preceded us, making sense of the different ways in which they—and we—express our experiences of landscape in words and images.
Elizabeth’s world stretches from the lightless cave home of the eyeless, transparent fish known as a blindcat to the imagination of painter Georgia O’Keeffe. Her closely observed images, deep understanding, and sympathy for the natural world, the rhythms of geologic time, and the seasons of the living year are linked in these poems to the vagaries of the human experience, the mysterious truths of life, and the potential of the human heart.
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Elizabeth's essays, poems, and articles have appeared widely in a variety of journals and magazines. Among her various awards, she has received two Kansas Arts Commission master fellowships in poetry, the Elmer Holmes Bobst Emerging Writer Award, the William Rockhill Nelson Best Nonfiction Book Award, the McGinnis-Ritchie Award for Nonfiction, and her work has been cited in Best American Essays.