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The Last Good Water

Prose and Poetry, 1988-2003

Michael Delp

Michigan, Poetry

Great Lakes Books Series

Paperback
Published: December 2003
ISBN: 9780814331712
Pages: 112 Size: 6x9
$21.95
Review

No writer is more at one with the river than Michael Delp. It is as if he emerges from mud and rock, the very soul of moving water, to speak its words, to sing its songs. He is a true mystic, a celebrant of life on this earth, and The Last Good Water is his testimony.

— Judith Minty

Michael Delp conjures with his writing the intense pull of nature on Michiganders and he allows the reader to discover—or rediscover—the marvels of life and sport amidst the Great Lakes. This collection of new work, along with some of Delp’s important earlier work, will inspire anyone with a fondness for water, fishing, and Michigan’s great outdoors.

Delp’s writing is richly nuanced and sharply imaged with an authenticity that comes only from someone native to such experiences. His engaging portraits of Michigan, its freshwater landscapes, and their many invocations can function as metaphor for larger philosophical and ecological issues, but the first aim of The Last Good Water is to draw readers back to nature and allow them to relish its splendor. This collection is an important addition to the library of the creative, the ecocritical, and above all, the outdoorsmen and women of the Midwest.

Michael Delp is an instructor of creative writing at Interlochen Center for the Arts and author of The Coast of Nowhere: Meditations on Rivers, Lakes, and Streams (Wayne State University Press, 1998), Under the Influence of Water: Poems, Essays, and Stories (Wayne State University Press, 1992), and Over the Graves of Horses (Wayne State University Press, 1988).

No writer is more at one with the river than Michael Delp. It is as if he emerges from mud and rock, the very soul of moving water, to speak its words, to sing its songs. He is a true mystic, a celebrant of life on this earth, and The Last Good Water is his testimony.

– Judith Minty, is an American author

Michael Delp must be proclaimed the King of moving water. I have long been an ardent fan of both his poetry and prose and in The Last Good Water we have a marvelous collection of his work."

– Jim Harrison, is an American author