Poetry and Prose on the Prairie: A Nature Journal of Prophetstown State Park

“What about this land made it so enticing for so many willing to fight for it?”

AVAILABLE: Currently available from Amazon.com in paperback.

PUBLISHER: Glendale Press

SYNOPSIS: At the confluence of the Wabash and Tippecanoe Rivers, Prophetstown certainly offered access to waterways. But it also boasted a diverse landscape of edible and medicinal plants, as well as the birds and animals that found their habitat there. The rich soil also proved fertile for planting crops, and when the prairie plants dried up, creating a thick, tangled mat, fire (either from lightning or from controlled burns) released nutrients into the soil and controlled the landscape for hunting.

The land and its ecosystem are different now, after decades of mechanical farming, tile draining, and receding rivers. But the land is also the same, with a more complicated story now. The land has been ravaged and cared for; it’s seen flooding and drought. It’s known the sharp cutting of plow and disk, as well as the gentle nurturing of hand-planted grasses and wildflowers. Fire still serves the land, primarily with controlled burns, and mostly, the land continues to produce good things for the world, good things you can see for yourself when you come. Let Poetry and Prose on the Prairie be your guide.

This book was made possible with support by the Indiana Arts Commission and the Indiana Department of Natural Resources through a 2019 Arts in the Parks and Historic Sites Grant. To learn more about my 2019 grant project, that included this book and other activities, visit the Poetry and Prose on the Prairie grant page.