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Kathleen Norris


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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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  • ''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.
  • ''Silence is the best response to mystery.''
    Kathleen Norris (b. 1947), U.S. poet and farmer. Dakota, ch. 3 (1993).
  • The Plains are not forgiving. Anything that is shallow—the easy optimism of a homesteader; the false hope that denies geography, climate, history; the tree whose roots don't reach ground water...
    Kathleen Norris (b. 1947), U.S. poet and farmer. Dakota, ch. 5 (1993).
  • ''Maybe it's our sky that makes us crazy.''
    Kathleen Norris (b. 1947), U.S. poet and farmer. Dakota, ch. 32 (1993). Norris lived and farmed in rural Lemmon, South Dakota.
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