Act: Inspiration

Stories Made of Rivers

November 22, 2017

1. Civilisation

The first story I was told about rivers can be summed up like this: there is direct line from the Sumerian Ziggurat of Ur to the Chrysler Building. I was around nine.

2. Civilisation II

Rivers allowed us to grow food, store it, build houses, libraries, museums, cities and empires. I was maybe ten when I heard this one.

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Joanna Pocock

Joanna Pocock is an Irish-Canadian writer living in London via Montana. Her writing has appeared in The NationOrion MagazineThe Tahoma Literary ReviewThe Los Angeles TimesDistinctly MontanaLitroMslexia and 3:AM. She is currently writing a series of linked essays on extreme relationships between humans and their environments.

Tags: connection with nature, environmental degradation, environmental restoration projects, rivers