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Showing Us the Rings: Elena Johnson's Field Notes for the Alpine Tundra

High on the slopes of the Yukon’s Ruby Range, beyond the Arctic Circle, “a kilometre above sea level,” little can grow in the talus and scree, and that which does manage to root itself attains no great height. “[W]e are the tallest objects,” writes Elena Johnson, “bent by wind.” The poems in Johnson’s debut collection were initially composed during a stint in the Kluane Alpine Ecosystem Project field camp in the summer of 2008, a residency she herself—an experienced park naturalist and field ecology researcher—proposed.