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This Death by Drowning

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The first volume in William Kloefkorn's four-part memoir which, when completed, will cover the four elements: water, fire, earth, and air.

This Death by Drowning is a memoir with a difference—an artfully assembled collection of reminiscences, each having something to do with water. The book's epigraph, from Norman Maclean's A River Runs Through It, proclaims, "I am haunted
Paperback, 155 pages
Published February 1st 2001 by Bison Books (first published 1997)
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Jul 04, 2008 Tom rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Outdoors/ and those who love America
Recommended to Tom by: Sheryl
Water, water everywhere. Her beauty, her creation, her hazards and dangers. She is life sustaining. She is recreation. She is a quest.
Stories to follow a story. Each interesting scene leading to another. Remminding the reader of one's own life. How it parallels with he author's.
If you are writing your own journal you will soon beleive your own stories can be told with description and intrigue. He can make a chapter about a chip of ice interesting and smooth.
Recently moving to Nebraska helpe
Apr 24, 2015 Steve rated it really liked it
During the '70's at the U of NE there were three young, talented poets - Kooser, Kuzma and Kloefkorn. Kloefkorn was a big bear of a guy, and I am sure he surprised an awful lot of people when he told them he was a poet.

He is not the greatest writer to ever live, but I wish he would get more attention - he is more than just a "regional" poet as well.

This memoir is built around water in his life, rather than a straight forward chronological story of his life. I like it best when he is just tellin
Apr 25, 2012 Ron rated it really liked it
This is a collection of memoir-like essays by Nebraska poet William Kloefkorn, all of them related in one way or another with water - from a near-drowning at the age of four to accounts of river rafting on central Nebraska's Loup River. There is also a baptism in a creek near a small Kansas town where the author grew up. Perhaps most absorbing is the description of life on a hard-scrabble homestead, as lived by Koefkorn's grandparents, without electricity or plumbing, though not without "running ...more
Sep 20, 2008 Jennie rated it liked it
Kloefkorn is Nebraska's state poet, and This Death by Drowning is his memior. Well, part of his memior anyway... These are all stories of his life that are centered, in some way around water. I believe he has two other memiors written and is writing a fourth, so when he's finished, he will have centered on all four elements: water, fire, earth and air.
Perhaps not riveting, it was at least an interesting read. Some of it covers his childhood in Kansas and some of his adult life in Nebraska. Res
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William "Bill" Kloefkorn was a Nebraska poet and educator based in Lincoln, Nebraska. He was the author of twelve collections of poetry, two short story collections, a collection of children's Christmas stories, and four memoirs. Additionally Kloefkorn is professor emeritus of English at Nebraska Wesleyan University.

Kloefkorn, who was born in Attica, Kansas, obtained Bachelor's and Master's degree
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