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Extra resources for Bones Incandescent: The Pajarito Journals of Peggy Pond Church
The plateau experiences as subjects of exhilaration thus become manifest in dreams, memories, and in the character of Edith Warner. Peggy’s journal entries about Edith show that she had a quiet and nonjudgmental personality, as opposed to Peggy’s own sorrow, anger, and bitterness over the destructiveness of the Manhattan Project. Church projected in her reflections on Edith her own desire to be more at peace within herself, more demonstratively loving, exhibiting more patience and understanding.
Peggy then began research on another woman writer and early acquaintance, Mary Austin, who had been a famous resident of Santa Fe in the 1930s. At St. John’s College, Peggy attended seminars on Pablo Neruda, Walt Whitman, Henry David Thoreau, and William Butler Yeats, as well as lectures by Joseph Campbell, John Holt, and Robert Bly. In 1975, Ferm died of a brain tumor. His illness precipitated a number of surprising events, including his complete recitation of a poem memorized but never uttered since his own childhood, visions, and vivid dreams.
Peggy begins to notice chemical sensitivity that affects eyes; Church Chronology contemplates moving to retirement village, El Castillo; works on Selected Poems. 1976 Peggy begins researching Hadley/Dorsey family history; visits Springer, Watrous, and Valmora, New Mexico. Attends King Lear seminar, St. John’s College. 1977 Peggy attends Walden seminar, St. John’s College. 1980 Peggy writes two to four hours a day, working on Pajarito Journals, Interlinear of Cabeza de Vaca, Baumann pamphlet; goes to Ghost Ranch for Friends meeting; Angels is published.
Bones Incandescent: The Pajarito Journals of Peggy Pond Church by Shelley Armitage