Home Ground

So out of the ground the Lord God formed every animal of the field and every bird of the air, and brought them to the man to see what he would name them” (Gen. 2:19). With this organizing instinct given to us from “the beginning,” human beings have named things of the earth so that the earth may be known and its elements compared, studied and recalled in charts, texts and catalogues, as well as in literature and the interactions of daily life. For Home Ground: Language for an American Landscape, journalists, novelists, poets and essayists were invited to define the names people have given to the geographic features that poke, wind, bubble, crack, spread, shimmer, jut and swirl before our eyes.


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