Poetry. Latino/Latina Studies. Travel Writing. In March of 2003, longtime Tuckasegee resident and author/publisher Thomas Rain Crowe spent two weeks in Peru. His travels took him to the deserts along the western Pacific coast, high into the Andes and its snow-capped mountains, and to the high jungle areas along the Urubamba River near Peru's eastern border. Highlights of his trip included: Machu Picchu, the Nazca lines, Cuzco, Lima, the Ballestas Islands, Ollantaytambo, and Sacsayhuaman. In "postcards" sent to friends from various locations in Peru, Thomas Crowe describes these places, and others, and records—in words and pictures—his experiences, as well as the people he met and his thoughts along the route of his journey. After returning home to western North Carolina, Crowe began writing complimentary poems to go with each of the postcards he had written to friends and fellow writers and artists. The collection of postcards and facing poems created a unique text, presented to the public here for the first time.
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