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

I received my Ph.D. in German Literature from Princeton University in 1979. Then I taught at Vanderbilt University, BYU, and Utah Valley State College. At Utah Valley University, I directed the Program in Integrated Studies for its initial 13 years and was also Chair of the Department of Humanities and Philosophy for three years. My publications include a book on Freemasonry and the German Novel, two co-authored books with Zarko Radakovic (REPETITIONS and VAMPIRES & A REASONABLE DICTIONARY, published in Serbo-Croatian in Belgrade and in English with Punctum Books), a book with Sam Rushforth (WILD RIDES AND WILDFLOWERS, Torrey House Press), a "fraternal meditation" called IMMORTAL FOR QUITE SOME TIME (University of Utah Press), and translations of three books by Austrian author Peter Handke, of an exhibition catalogue called "The German Army and Genocide," and, with Dan Fairbanks, of Gregor Mendel's important paper on hybridity in peas. More famously, my children are in the process of creating good lives for themselves: as a model and dance/yoga studio manager, as a teacher of Chinese language, as an ecologist and science writer, as a jazz musician, as a parole officer, as a contractor, as a seasonal worker (Alaska and Park City, Utah), and as parents. I share my life with UVU historian Lyn Bennett, with whom I have written a cultural history of barbed wire -- THE PERFECT FENCE (Texas A&M University Press). 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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