Bailey Ranch (1875)
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Shaun Griffin is a poet, translator, editor, and activist. A native of Southern California, he has lived with his wife and family in Virginia City, Nevada, since 1978. Griffin is the author of five poetry collections, which honor the West’s many cultures and landscapes through resonant, meditative imagery.
Nationally acclaimed poets Hayden Carruth and Sam Hamill have positively reviewed Griffin’s work. Carruth praises Griffin’s “passionate regard for the desert and the mountains and the people who live among them.” Hamill has described Griffin’s poetry as “spare and direct, uncluttered by literary flourish or inflated self-regard.” This also seems an apt description of Griffin’s work as an advocate for the arts and social justice. His English translations of Emma Sepulveda’s poems in Spanish have served Nevada’s literary culture by creating new audiences for Sepulveda’s international poetry.
There's a basin, wrought of reason,
tortoise dry and clean of air
Where rivers hike to meet their fate,
get lost and disappear
Where Grand Adventure had a say
and different would prevail
And where only hardy life hangs on
to all that it entails... Read More