For me, what joins these two important literary figures of our time is not their activism but, literally — and more importantly I think –it is the ground which has nourished them, out of which their words have been informed and encouraged.
For readers of Berry and Lane it is evident that their creative “genius” flows from his visceral connections to the places which have most influenced them. For Berry it is the eastern Kentucky farming communities surrounding the town of Port Royal and the Kentucky River. For Lane it is the hills and valleys of the interior of British Columbia around Kelowna and Merit.
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