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Makeshift World: The Entropy of Dorchester County, Maryland

Prose and Photography by Kateri Kosek                      [launch narrative slideshow]
  
 


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The better part of Dorchester County, on Maryland’s Eastern Shore, sits below the radar of the world—water-logged, sparsely populated.

Primarily a peninsula, its western edges bordering the Chesapeake Bay, it is not on the way to anything. No one has to pass through if they don’t want to. To head south toward the various extensions of the Chesapeake is to meander down the fringes of the continent.

This is what most visitors come to see: Blackwater National Wildlife Refuge, a sprawling mosaic of water, marsh, and loblolly pine. With over 1,500 miles of twisting shoreline, the county has been called Maryland’s Everglades, water comprising much of the surface area.

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Kateri Kosek, a graduate of Vassar College and the MFA program at Western Connecticut State University, writes poetry and prose which has recently appeared in Blueline and Creative Nonfiction and is forthcoming in Orion. She currently teaches English at Marist and Dutchess Community Colleges in New York's Hudson Valley.
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Blackwater National Wildlife Refuge

Chesapeake Marshlands National Wildlife Refuge Complex

Chesapeake Bay Program: A Watershed Partnership

Dorchester County, Maryland: Heart of the Chesapeake

 
     


    
  
 
   
    
  
 
   

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