Daily Dose of Immortality

A dozen stands of steaming pipe . . . two dozen . . . three . . . methodically we raise the pipe out of the hole. The sun drops behind thick clouds to the west. We work on in bright pools of artificial light. Four bodies move rhythmically, steadily, in concert. A full moon rises from behind Picacho Peak. We grow warm, then weary. Clouds obscure the moon. The derrick thrusts upward amid desert rock and vegetation; engines roar and fall silent in predictable intervals; the rig floor sways and creaks. A breeze intensifies to gusts. Fat drops of rain splatter the rig floor; rainsqualls shudder the derrick. The gathering ranks of pipe drone like the organ pipes they resemble. Taut cables whistle high notes.

[from Immortal for Quite Some Time]


About Scott Abbott

Ph.D. in German Literature from Princeton University, 1979. Then I taught at Vanderbilt University, BYU, and Utah Valley State College. At Utah Valley University, I'm Director of the Program in Integrated Studies and former Chair of the Department of Humanities and Philosophy. My publications include a book on Freemasonry and the German Novel, two co-authored books with Zarko Radakovic (published in Serbo-Croatian in Belgrade), and translations of a book by Austrian author Peter Handke and of a catalogue of an exhibit called "The German Army and Genocide." More famously, my children are in the process of creating good lives for themselves: as a model and manager, as a teacher of Chinese language, as a watershed scientist and science writer, as a jazz musician, as a corrections officer, as university students, and as parents. I share my life with UVU historian Lyn Bennett and our yellow dog Blue. Some publications at http://works.bepress.com/scott_abbott/
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