Clovis: An Environmental Novel

“Clovis is a lyrical tale set at the New West in which the interests of oil businesses struggle with the need to preserve and record the artifacts left by long gone populations of the land. In this publication, Hanna and her archeological compatriots are hired by CanAm Oil Company to assess the effects of an oil line on historical native websites. The intricate connections between her and her co-workers fascinate. The lush descriptions of the natural beauty that she encounters are enchanting. This is truly a superb explore the special character of folks that choose to create a living doing field work. They’re a breed apart. An excellent read which keeps you engaged from the beginning.”         –Large Sky Independent Press    

From the opening pages of Clovis, Hanna traverses an early glacial moraine at the border of an American Parliament, to reevaluate the obsidian Clovis point (Spear point) that she’d found and hidden on a previous archeological survey.   She feels that a fundamental attraction to the point, and since she contemplates it can envision the early race which left it for her there on the vast blossom steppes at the base of the Rockies.

Hanna lives briefly from a hotel while she finishes an undercover survey on the multi-state, CanAm gas lineup.   It’s here that Hanna reunites with Tim, Hugh, Dog, Gina, along with Paul.   While operating in the desert, two guys try to murder her.   She leaks by dousing them with mace and flattens the tires of the truck.

The attempted rape forces her to visit the northern camp in which she uncovers chaos and filth.     Even the ever-faithful Paul is there also and he helps her throughout the reorganization of this camp.   It’s the ruined and angelic Paul whom she dotes over.   It’s Paul who tells her unspoken foundations of America.   It’s Paul who occupies the most contentious artifact from North America.

Even though Hanna harbors a deep affection for Paul, she gravitates towards Tim from the field decks, the deserts, and also to climb challenging routes in the hills.   Her liaison with Tim forces her to confront the contradictions of her life: She’s a vegetarian surrounded by carnivores.   She’s a marginalized ecological regulator against a Goliath of a gas market.   She’s a transcendentalist who can’t catch the wave of nothingness.     She’s the protector of Paul, that loses in the hills.     And finally, Hanna is still a lesbian, but she cannot deny that she also enjoys Tim.

Following Paul’s departure in the hills, Hanna comes unhinged.   Then CanAm belligerently bulldozes a culturally rich valley, also Dog retaliates by burning two of the vehicles.   Hanna senses that the impotence of this act and understands that the whole work they do simply facilitates the ability of these businesses.   She leaves and she drifts to the magnetism the hills where she runs a mountain route which challenges her to the limits of her endurance. On her rest day, she joins a little party for dinner and is assaulted by a guy from a oil company and that she stabs him.   This sends her mind straight back to the desert to reply that the sirens’ song of their Clovis.     She moves to desert for absence of another program and climbs the remote desert buttes that seem to hold her into their orbit.     It’s here, at the vacuum of a high desert night, through a lengthy, nightmarish epiphany that the cicadas sing out their perspective of her tribulations.

Jack Clinton lives in Red Lodge, Montana and functions as a Spanish instructor.   Jack spent most of his adult life living in Wyoming, working as kitchen aid, laborer, carpenter, and mountain guide. He earned his graduate and undergraduate level in Spanish at the University of Wyoming, in Laramie, Wyoming.   During these University decades, Jack started writing freelance, covering environmental information.   His work regularly appeared at the Caspar Star Tribune, also in diverse periodicals like High Country News, Western Horseman, E-magazine, Rock and Ice, and Growing. During his years at the University, he also won the Neltje Blanchan award for fiction.

After a long hiatus from writing to participate in increasing his daughter, Emma, he’s returned to writing and made a new publication.   Clovis, a ecological publication, is a literary publication of many of the tales and people who fulfilled people Wyoming decades.


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