Der Himmel über Utah Valley


The evening began with an explosion of light. Hottest May 5th on record.


The sun set, accompanied by cloud flourishes.


This was the moment I knew it would be an evening of delight. Joy.


Clouds blushed to the northeast.


Visual music. Bill Evans and Scott LaFaro trading fours. Marc Ribot and Henry Grimes. Evans’ piano and Ribot’s guitar and the brilliant bass notes.


Cloud study.


Clouds gathered from the south. Virga and sheet lightening. Minutes later a muffled boom.


A final slice of light, lightening, virga, and the night thickened to liquid black, vibrant black, savory black.


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
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3 Responses to Der Himmel über Utah Valley

  1. flowerville says:

    i’m dreaming…. that your next book after 1. the bikebook and 2. the brotherbook, there will be 3. the cloudbook. light and darkness. and loveliness and music. plants and joy. sun. life. colours. visual music indeed. the abbott trilogy.

    congrats to the wire book being finished….


    • Scott Abbott says:

      you’re a reader worth writing for. cloudbook is percolating. standing book on the front burner. my half of a third book with zarko underway, to be called We: A Friendship


  2. flowerville says:

    oh this is wonderful news. that’s an excellent idea for a book no 3: you and zarko together, i can’t wait….


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