Tracks Along the Left Coast

51er9-Er4gLby Andrew Schelling
Counterpoint Press, 2017

Tracks Along the Left Coast: Jaime de Angulo & Pacific Coast Culture is a story of the life of the Old Coyote of Big Sur, Jaime de Angulo. In addition to being a tale capturing de Angulo’s time as a cowboy, miner, poet, doctor, linguist, and ethnomusicologist, the book provides insight on the persecuted Native Californian cultures and languages that have endured to modern times.

Jaime de Angulo’s poetry and prose represented the bohemian sensibilities of the twenties, thirties, and forties. He was also known for his reworkings of coyote tales and shamanic mysticism. (Adapted from publisher’s description)

Andrew Schelling has written or edited twenty books, including Love and the Turning Seasons: India’s Poetry and Erotic Longing. For over twenty years he’s been teaching at Naropa University’s Jack Kerouac School and also teaches at Deer Park Institute, in Himachal Pradesh, India.

Jaime de Angulo (1887-1950) was born in Paris to Spanish parents. At eighteen, he fled to America to become a cowboy. In his lifetime, he was also a rancher, doctor, lecturer, anthropologist, linguist, and musicologist, as well as wrote poetry and fiction. He also published articles on indigenous languages and music systems of Northern California and Mexico. The year before he died, he broadcasted retellings of Native Californian myths and stories over the radio, which are still available today.

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A Possible Bag

Imageby Andrew Schelling
Singing Horse Press, 2013

Following the trail he set out on in From he Arapaho Songbook, the poems in Andrew Schelling’s A Possible Bag take us further into the recesses of the Southern Rocky Mountain bio-region, tracking the remnants of the Arapaho language that was once the native tongue of that terrain.

A translator, poet, ecologist, and explorer, Andrew Schelling was raised in New England, but relocated to Northern California in the early 1970s, where he studied Sanskrit and Asian literature at the University of California, Berkeley. He has explored and traveled extensively throughout North America, Europe, and South Asia, and currently lives near the Southern Rocky mountains, in Boulder, Colorado, where he teaches poetry, Sanskrit, and nature writing at Naropa University.