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!
A RIVERTOP JOURNAL, by Walt Franklin
246 pages with photos & artwork, from Writers Publishing Cooperative,
Warner, New Hampshire
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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
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!
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.”
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.
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.