Kathleen Norris (born in Washington, D.C. on July 27, 1947) is a best-selling poet and essayist. Her parents, John Norris and Lois Totten, took her as a child to Hawaii, where she graduated from Punahou Preparatory School in 1965. Like another graduate of the same school, President Barack Obama (class of 1979), she reminiscences about a sense of alienation first felt during the formative teen ... more »
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A good story is one that isn't demanding, that proceeds from A to B, and above all doesn't remind us of the bad times, the cardboard patches we used to wear in our shoes, the failed farms, the way peo...Kathleen Norris (b. 1947), U.S. poet and farmer. Dakota, ch. 14 (1993). Describing the reading preferences of the townspeople of rural Lemmon, Sou...
''The high plains, the beginning of the desert West, often act as a crucible for those who inhabit them. Like Jacob's angel, the region requires that you wrestle with it before it bestows a blessing.''Kathleen Norris (b. 1947), U.S. poet and farmer. Dakota, ch. 1 (1993).
''We don't need to connect. The prairie landscape isolates us from each other as well as from our history.''Kathleen Norris (b. 1947), U.S. poet and farmer. Dakota, ch. 9 (1993). Norris was living in the isolated rural town of Lemmon, South Dakota.
... it is the desert's grimness, its stillness and isolation, that bring us back to love. Here we discover the paradox of the contemplative life, that the desert of solitude can be the school where we...Kathleen Norris (b. 1947), U.S. poet and farmer. Dakota, ch. 20 (1993). Norris lived in rural Lemmon, South Dakota, a town of 1,600 people.