Resurrection after the "Blue Death" Literature, Politics, and Ecological Redemption at Glen Canyon Laura Smith The blue death, Smith called it. Like Hayduke his heart was full of a healthy hatred. Because Smith remembered something different. He remembered the golden river flowing to the sea. He remembered canyons called Hidden Passage and Salvation and Last Chance and Forbidden and Twilight and many many more, some that never had a name. He remembered the strange great amphitheaters called Music Temple and Cathedral in the Desert. All these things now lay beneath the dead water of the reservoir, slowly disappearing under layers of descending silt. How could he forget? He had seen too much. --Ed Abbey, The Monkey Wrench Gang Somewhere under the heavy burden of water going nowhere, under the silence, the old rocks of the river channel waited for the promised resurrection. Promised by whom? Promised by Capt. Joseph "Seldom Seen" Smith; by Sgt. George Washington Hayduke; by Dr. Sarvis and Ms. Bonnie Abbzug, that's whom. --Ed Abbey, The Monkey Wrench Gang It is the emotion and evocation in Edward Abbey's The Monkey Wrench Gang that inspired the title of this essay. For as long as Glen Canyon
Western American Literature – The Western Literature Association
Published: Jul 3, 2016
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