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Posted: Friday, January 27, 2006 5:48 am | Updated: 2:52 pm, Fri Oct 7, 2011.

There’s a place in Arizona where the wind sings and if you listen carefully you’ll hear the faint whisper of poetry.

For more than 30 years, lovers of poetry and prose have traveled through southern Arizona’s cattle country and up an old dirt road to get to the Singing Wind Bookshop.

“You never know what’s going to happen or who is going to walk through that door,” says Winifred Bundy, the shop’s owner.

Poets including Richard Shelton and Robert Hass have read their work in the old bookstore, which often hosts poetry gatherings. This weekend, cowboy poets will have the stage.

Located in the most unlikeliest place for a bookstore (it’s on a ranch), Singing Wind survives because “we have a wonderful collection of books and a wonderful collection of readers,” Bundy says.

“It’s a very unique bookstore,” says Marshall Trimble, Arizona’s official state historian. “It’s a totally different setting from going to the mall and discussing your book. People come from all over southern Arizona.”

Wander through the store’s impressive collection of Southwestern literature without a clue and Bundy is sure to come to the rescue.

“I like to get readers together with the right book,” says Bundy. “But I don’t push anyone.”

Trimble, who will read Sunday at Singing Wind, says Bundy’s integrity and the bookstore’s setting keep people coming to this remote corner of the state.

“It’s real Arizona,” says Trimble.

Net proceeds from books sales during the readings will benefit the University of Arizona Helen S. Schaefer Poetry Center.

Poetry reading What: Richard Shelton, Marshall Trimble and other authors read their work When: 1 p.m. Sunday and Feb. 5. The bookstore is open 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. daily. Where: Singing Wind Bookshop, 700 W. Singing Wind Road, Benson Cost: Free Information: (520) 586-2425

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