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“As recognized by the founders of the National Park Service from the beginning, appreciation of the national parks is vital to their protection. Although others have written countless words about our treasured lands, few have had the power to convey their wonder as succinctly as John Delaney in the place-based poems of Delicate Arch. Intriguing, selected facts and revealing photographs add other layers of meaning to the poet’s meditations on time and the essence of places. Simultaneously whimsical and emotional, the crisp verses from this wanderer to remote locations awaken our imagination and curiosity, offering us a different way of appreciating nature’s gifts.”

–Q.T. Luong, recipient of the National Parks Conservation Association’s Robin W. Winks Award for Enhancing Public Understanding of National Parks, photographer/author of Treasured Lands: A Photographic Odyssey through America’s National Parks