About Walt Franklin

Welcome to Rivertop Rambles. This is my blog about the headwaters country– far afield or close to home. I’ve been a fly-fisher, birder and naturalist for most of my adult life. I’ve written poetry and natural history books for many years. In “Rambles,” I will mostly reflect on the backcountry of my Allegheny foothills in the northern tier of Pennsylvania and the southern tier of New York State. Sometimes I’ll write about the wilderness in distant states, or of the wild places in the human soul. Other times I’ll just reflect on the domestic life outdoors. In any case, I hope you enjoy… and Ramble on!

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A RIVERTOP JOURNAL, by Walt Franklin

246 pages with photos & artwork, from Writers Publishing Cooperative,

Warner, New Hampshire

Price:  $16.00

The linked essays of A RIVERTOP JOURNAL form a personal narrative developing a natural sense of place amid the dehumanizing elements of the modern world.  Walt’s subject matter in this beautifully produced book includes birding, hiking, wildlife studies, rural living, and the natural and cultural history of his rivertop home in upstate NY.

Walt’s intimacy with the land drives a poetic prose and sustains him in his efforts as an environmental activist—plus forms a strong link to community, uniting people of varied backgrounds, abilities and interests.

“I consider (his) work to be some of the most vital and important being done in our efforts to at last become friends with the ancient mountains.”

—Robert Stough, writer and conservationist

“The sense of discovery and personal odyssey is both intense and reassuring.”

—Frederick Moe, editor, COLOR WHEEL

To order:  No longer available at Amazon, but available through the author at franklinl3@yahoo.com.

If you are interested in any of the books listed on this page, simply contact me via email (above). I’ll ask for your mailing address, send the book to you, after which you can send me a check for the postpaid amount that’s indicated. Thank you!

Also Available:

  

EARTHSTARS, CHANTERELLES, DESTROYING ANGELS (from FootHills Publishing, 2016) is Franklin’s first full-length book of poetry since “Uplands…” in 1992. With this collection of previously published poems, the author has returned to his poetic roots, revealing, once again, the spirit of nature burning brightly in our lives. For ordering information, see the blog roll on the home page and click on “FootHills Publishing.”

Also Available:

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UPLANDS HAUNTED BY THE SEA. Poems by Walt Franklin. Great Elm Press, 1992. 90 pages. Illustrations by Jane Lavendar. $7.50 ppd.

“Walt, a master of the long poem.” Tony Cosier, poet, novelist.

“… A fine radical conservative book, and you should be well pleased with it… I suggest you send a copy of your book to Wendell Berry.”– Hayden Carruth.

“If I was stranded on a desert isle and could have only one book, I’d want it to be Uplands Haunted by the Sea.” F. Moe, in a letter to W. McLaughlin.

Also available: 

SAND & SAGE, The Trails Beyond. Great Elm Press, 2010. 74 pgs., $12, ppd. Illustrations by Tim Shoales and Alyssa Franklin.

The Sand & Sage narratives reflect small journeys into places as diverse as the Greek Islands, the American West, the Rocky Mountains, and the coast of North Carolina. Franklin has examined these far-flung locales and explored them beyond the usual boundaries as a hiker, birder, and fly fisherman… The narratives form a travelogue of simple living, with all the drama and mystique that a world in balance can reveal. They tell a story of our human probing of the world for meaning and identification.

 


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41 Responses to About Walt Franklin

  1. Nice blog site, Walt. Welcome to the Digital Age!

  2. Dale Houseknecht says:

    great job walt as always i enjoy your writings

  3. Rex is here at The Hatch and says it’s great to see you online. Rob

  4. Marjorie says:

    Walt,
    I would love to connect with you about your blog. Please email me at mhall@nationalparks.org
    Best,
    Marjorie Hall
    Dir of Communications
    National Park Foundation

  5. Here’s a newly found Reader Note, from Reader Approved Outdoor Blog Posts, January 31, 2012:
    “I’ve just put up the URL for the blog itself. Well worth going right down the line. He’s just got started and is well worth following.”
    Thank you! (WF)

  6. Benjamin says:

    Walt,

    This is a wonderful blog and similar to one I run. Slowly and surely, as fishing and nature begin to dominate my life (in a good way) at 39 my blog has turned to posts of life outdoors and not of zombies.

    Beautifully written and photographed, Sir!!

    Ben Rogers

  7. Welcome to Another Green World, Ben. I’ll follow your progress on Ben’s Fishing & Life!

  8. Bill Ragosta says:

    I just found your blog and must say that you sir, are a man of my own heart. Very nice ramblings and photos.

  9. Bill,
    Very pleased that you found me here at RR. Thanks for the kind comment, and I hope you stop by often!
    Walt

  10. trutta99 says:

    I just found your blog, and hit “follow” instantly. I really enjoy your essays and approach to the world out there . keep it going!

  11. trutta,
    Very glad that you found RR! I note that your blog is about “landscapes, poetry, and the outdoor lifestyle” centering around trout. That’s our kind of place! Will add you to the blog roll and look forward to reading more. P. S. I thought I had accidently erased your message, but it’s here. Thank you.

  12. Chris Clark says:

    It looked like you had a peaceful day near Slate Run. I liked the picture of the little brookie.

  13. Thanks Chris! A peaceful day it was. They aren’t all like that, but welcome to my world!

  14. Long says:

    Walt – Just came across your site, fantastic. Really enjoy the small stream, brookies, and wild trout I see in your posts. Looking forward to following your blog.

  15. Long,
    Glad you found us here. Welcome to Rivertop Country. I’m looking forward to hearing more about your adventures!

  16. Anonymous says:

    Walt,

    I am a representative of Yesterday’s Muse Books in Webster, NY, and I am writing you today because while I was entering a couple books into our system, I stumbled across Rivertop Rambles. After reading through your blog it seems to me that, considering your interest in both Christman’s work and persona, these books might also interest you.

    Christman, W.W.
    Songs of the Helderhills (SIGNED FIRST EDITION)
    Harold Vinal, 1926. Includes original jacket, toned and lightly rubbed, now securely wrapped in attractive Mylar. Pages lightly toned, clean. Includes tipped-in cut of envelope used to originally ship the book and an invoice for its purchase in 1977. 1926 Hard Cover. We have more books available by this author!. A collection of poetry by the noteworthy Catskills poet and transcendentalist, W.W. Christman. Signed by the author.
    http://www.websterbookstore.com/si/1864014.html

    $150

    Christman, W.W.
    Songs of the Western Gateway (SIGNED)
    Lewis Copeland Company, 1930. No jacket. Boards very lightly rubbed. Pages lightly toned, clean. Signed by the author.
    http://www.websterbookstore.com/si/1864010.html

    $50

    Photos of each book can be found at the links above, and we’d be happy to provide you with additional scans / photos if you want to take a closer look at the books. Please let us know if you have any questions.

    Neil Grayson, Assistant
    Yesterday’s Muse Books

  17. Neil,
    Thanks for your interest, but I have a copy of all W.W. Christman books. It’s good to know that other copies in good condition are still available for folks who have an interest. Also, I have recently published “On the Helderhill: Selected Poems by W. W. Christman” if you or anyone else might like a copy ($10).

  18. Ryan Foley says:

    Hi Walt,

    Shoot me an email (mofrackie@gmail.com) when you get a chance. I had a question regarding your recent poem that mentioned Astral Weeks. Thanks!

    Ryan

  19. Ryan, thanks, will send via email.

  20. Hey Walt, just stumbled upon your blog. Really nice. I realized after looking through it that you fish many of the streams I fish when I’m in the area. We have a cabin on Pusher Siding Road near the
    Middle Branch of the Genesee near Ulysses. If you wouldn’t mind emailing me at ryanabel52@gmail.com to discuss some of these streams that would be great. Thanks, Ryan.

    • Wonderful to hear from you, Ryan, thanks for connecting. It’s not often that I hear from someone who has first-hand knowledge of many of the same streams I talk about on the blog. I know the Pusher Siding Road pretty well and will contact you via email. Am looking forward!

  21. Anonymous says:

    I just found your great blog and enjoy your roaming’s and ramblings. I was born and raised in Western Pa. on the Allegheny River and fished and camped up and down the Allegheny and in McKean and Potter counties when I was younger. Although I have lived in some beautiful places, I still miss Western Pa. It has the right combination of great fishing, wildlife, and natural beauty that makes me wonder why I ever moved away.
    Cheers, John

  22. Hi John,
    Hey I’m glad you found the Rambles tour and are liking what you see! Rural PA has some beautiful country and, as you know, experience of the place will stay with you forever. I love these places for the same reasons that you mention, though I’m not from the area originally. When I did arrive here I knew that I would stay indefinitely, and even write about it from my own experiences. Thanks so much for responding here, and please stop by often.

  23. Thom Hickey says:

    Thanks Walt. Very pleased to have found your fascinating blog. Regards from Thom at the immortal jukebox (plugged in and ready to play).

    • Hi Thom! Welcome to the Rivertops where the country still knows how to rock and wild. Please weigh in whenever you like. It’s great to have someone here who has a key to the Immortal Jukebox! (And thanks for the Follow, too).

  24. Thom Hickey says:

    Thanks. Drawn in by Richard Thompson but stayed for more! Regards from Thom at the immortal jukebox ( drop a nickel).

  25. Thom, Very pleased that you dropped a nickel here for a Thompson play and poked around a bit. Thanks!

  26. plaidcamper says:

    Hi Walt, I have enjoyed reading your posts – you have a way with words and pictures, conveying your connection to the outdoors, it’s an absolute delight to read! I’m looking forward to reading more, (and trying my hand at fly fishing again soon).
    Thanks for taking the time to read OldPlaidCamper, I appreciate it. Enjoy your day!

    • Thanks PlaidCamper, and I’m glad I found your blog today, a rare one in its artfulness and sensibilities. Please keep in touch, and good luck with your camping and flyfishing efforts!

  27. Anonymous says:

    walt, the name is steinhilper

    • Thanks! It helps me sometimes to have a name along with comment, although it’s not always easy when first going through the choices of response that WordPress offers… Hope to hear from you again.

  28. Hi Walt, I just got around to reading about you. You are my hero. One day when I grow up I hope to reach the stratosphere like you have done with the blog. I hope you still have a book available.

    • Hey Howard, I’m glad you found About here! I’m humbled by your comment but, really, I don’t feel quite grown up yet myself. Sort of like being a mayfly nymph emerging for the hatch (and just witnessed by a hungry trout). But I’d be happy to send you a copy of River’s Edge, if you want. Just send your mailing address to my email at franklinl3@yahoo.com and I’ll happily ship you a copy at a price you can’t refuse. Thanks!

  29. Thom Hickey says:

    Always a refreshment of the spirit to visit here Walt.

    Regards Thim.

  30. Thanks again, Thom, and for your Immortal Jukebox!

  31. Jet Eliot says:

    Congratulations Walt, this is an impressive repertoire~~

  32. Hi Walt, my address is 1604 E. Weldona Way, Superior CO 80027. Please let me know how much I owe you.

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