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Jim Harrison

Jim Harrison (1937–2016) was the bestselling author of nearly 40 books of fiction, nonfiction, and poetry. He is widely credited with reviving the novella form with the publication of Legends of the Fall. His work has been translated into two dozen languages, produced as four feature-length films, and a biography and documentary film about Harrison are forthcoming. 

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Poem: ‘Weeping Birds’

In his career spanning five decades, Jim Harrison found extraordinary ways to explore our intimate connections with nature—as he does in this short and moving piece.

Sep 27, 2021
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Poem: ‘The Speed of Dark’

Haunting and perceptive, this work by Jim Harrison appears in Alta Journal’s Fall 2021 special supplement celebrating the late poet and his career.

Sep 27, 2021
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Poem: ‘Ghosts’

In the final months of his life, Jim Harrison wrote poetry contemplating his own mortality and proximity to death, including this dedication to his friends.

Sep 27, 2021
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Poem: ‘The Whisper’

Jim Harrison measures his life and soul after the death of his wife in this poem, written at the end of his life.

Sep 27, 2021
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