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By Shelley Armitage

A “personal ecology” is what poet and author Peggy Pond Church referred to as the journals she saved for greater than fifty years on New Mexico’s Pajarito Plateau. Church’s paintings seemed frequently in Poetry and Saturday assessment of Literature and her biography of Edith Warner, the home at Otowi Bridge, turned a neighborhood vintage. She had a profound courting with where referred to now most sensible for the Los Alamos laboratories and the new york undertaking. The journals from her formative years within the Nineteen Thirties via 1986, the yr of her dying, are reviews in non secular and mental responses to the panorama that knowledgeable her sensibilities and artistic strength. The plateau she enjoyed grew to become either her topic and the root of her connection to different girls writers, fairly Warner, Mary Austin, and will Sarton.Church, Armitage says, has given us a longer lyric, necessary to the transforming into severe wisdom of women’s autobiography, panorama experiences, and creativity:The earth was once to not us totally a benign mom, yet a spot of uncertainty and strangeness. A chaos existed underneath our toes that broke forth sometimes in our goals . . . i used to be ten and a part years previous whilst I first observed Pajarito and skilled what it used to be prefer to stay in the barriers of a as soon as sacred international. strains—earth as character for powerful mom, terrain as sacred in its personal right—become threads of final result that Church herself retraces in enhancing the unique journals. In an inner discussion documented “by the crimson of Church’s typewriter ribbon responding to its unique black,” Armitage notices the imprints of earliest childhood:I consider at Pajarito whilst I first fell in love with sunrise, how I used to move out sooner than break of day in my naked ft and khaki middy shirt and bloomers, tiptoeing down the steep stairs among my mom and dad’ room and mine . . . the light predawn sky arousing a resonance with all my life’s sunrise hours . . . the silence of a wordless world.

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Ferm becomes ill, November. Peggy reads Plato for St. John’s seminar, attends Robert Bly reading, is honored at Los Alamos Historical Society for Los Alamos Ranch School booklet. 1975 Ferm is diagnosed with brain tumor; final picnic at Cañada de los Alamos. Ferm dies February 2. Peggy begins to notice chemical sensitivity that affects eyes; Church Chronology contemplates moving to retirement village, El Castillo; works on Selected Poems. 1976 Peggy begins researching Hadley/Dorsey family history; visits Springer, Watrous, and Valmora, New Mexico.

When the Churches moved to Santa Fe in 1960, they became involved in the life of the city while they continued to enjoy hiking, xxxiv Introduction picnics, and travel in New Mexico and the West. Peggy then began research on another woman writer and early acquaintance, Mary Austin, who had been a famous resident of Santa Fe in the 1930s. At St. John’s College, Peggy attended seminars on Pablo Neruda, Walt Whitman, Henry David Thoreau, and William Butler Yeats, as well as lectures by Joseph Campbell, John Holt, and Robert Bly.

In “Trails Over the Pajarito,” Peggy notes: “Besides horseback riding, I must have spent a lot of time sick in bed 4 The Seeds of Wonder because that’s when I could write a good deal of poetry. It was sometimes the only way out for the housewife with even the slightest kind of creative gift, for she can never help being torn between the inward urge that gnaws on her and the demands—the supposed demands— of outer life. I remember how envious I was of my poet friend, Haniel Long, whose wife fed him and kept him and guarded him from all frustrating interruptions.

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