Part One of Along the Buffalo is a collection of 45 new poems about the many ways we interact with our land, and draws from the author's three weeks as 2009 poet in residence at the Buffalo National River.
Part Two is a poet's journal with helpful tips on discovering your inner poet, along with suggestions on using poetry for interpreting our cultural heritage.
No one knows when the last buffalo died, but the isolated herd was clearly doomed by the early 1800s from the growing pressures of fur trading and settlement. The woodland bison was not to be a survivor, but the Buffalo River is.
Created exactly 100 years after the United States' first national park, the country's first national river preserves more than a name, more than a free-flowing river, it sustains an emotional connection to the land. The Buffalo is a living American poem flowing across the landscape and into the heart.
La Page is the author of A Park Is a Poem on the Land, Parks for Life, and Voices from the Park. His work as a park administrator, consultant, lecturer and scientist has taken him to Africa, Europe, the Caribbean, North and Central America and to where parks are truly universal: the heart.