Kathleen Norris


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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.
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  • ''... 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 learn to love others.''
    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—will dry up and blow away.''
    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.
  • ''... one thing that distinguishes a frontier is the precarious nature of the human hold on it.''
    Kathleen Norris (b. 1947), U.S. poet and farmer. Dakota, ch. 22 (1993). Norris lived and farmed in rural Lemmon, South Dakota.
  • ''We have time on our hands here, in our hearts, and it makes us strange.''
    Kathleen Norris (b. 1947), U.S. poet and farmer. Dakota, ch. 27 (1993). A resident of rural Lemmon, South Dakota—having moved there from New York City—Norris was referring to the quiet, sparsely-populated prairies of North and South Dakota.
  • ''... wariness about change is a kind of prairie wisdom.''
    Kathleen Norris (b. 1947), U.S. poet and farmer. Dakota, ch. 9 (1993).
  • ''... disconnecting from change does not recapture the past. It loses the future.''
    Kathleen Norris (b. 1947), U.S. poet and farmer. Dakota, ch. 9 (1993).
  • ''The sense of place is unavoidable in western Dakota, and maybe that's our gift to the world. ...In these places you wait, and the places mold you.''
    Kathleen Norris (b. 1947), U.S. poet and farmer. Dakota, ch. 31 (1993).

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