COPYRIGHT 2019 BETH PETERSON 

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LOST, AN INVENTORY, NEWFOUND
In the spring of 2013, approximately $300,000 worth of jewels were found in a small metal box marked “Made in India”...
THEORY OF WORLD ICE, FLYWAY
In the spring of 2017, the United States of America withdraws from the Paris Climate Accord. Six weeks later, an iceberg...
JOURNEY TO THE CENTER, POST ROAD 
I walked and walked the only summer I lived in Wyoming. I was staying in a professor’s house in town: tan stucco with..
SPEED OF FALLING, THE PINCH
I imagine it went something like this: he was running, bounding up the trail, two steps at a time, one leg moving forward while...
THE LYRIC INVITATION, FOURTH GENRE
When I began reading and writing nonfiction, I—like many young students and writers—first equated literary nonfiction...
GLACIOLOGY, RIVER TEETH
It’s quiet on the glacier—and not the good kind of quiet. It’s the long quiet—the quiet that splits you open, leaves you flayed...
SPECIAL ED., FOURTH GENRE
It was an early morning, late September—fog lifting off the farm fields, the blacktop road wet and glistening and vacant....
DRIVING WYOMING, PASSAGES NORTH
It's five a.m., still dark, and the steam is rising off the cracked blacktop centerline like fog over the farmfields...
BAFFIN ISLAND, OCEAN STATE REVIEW
In one version of Norse mythology, the world was created when volcanic lava collided with glacial ice. In that account...
THEORIZING NONFICTION, ASSAY
One of my first creative writing professors once told me, “Theory works best when it’s like a backyard shed; you go there when...