Poem: "As the ice storm flags"13 May 2013
Wayne Curtis on the Miramichi13 May 2013
Says Curtis: “After a family lives on the river for 200 years, as mine has, the river becomes part of our soul. The Miramichi is very sacred to us. It’s like an umbilical chord that keeps us all connected.”
Curtis has fished this river since he was shorter than a shovel. He lived on a farm that’s still in the family, and recalls haying during the summer, and how his father used to send him off to catch a fish for supper.
“I loved that, because I had allergies and suffered from hay fever, so I’d go to the river, and, by hook or by crook, I always brought a salmon home.”
The athletics of prose13 May 2013
Monday poem: "The Primitive Streak"6 May 2013
Tyler Trafford can't escape publicity1 May 2013
Tyler Trafford's new memoir Almost a Great Escape was a labour of love on many fronts, both from his personal perspective and of the many characters he came across researching his mother's past.
Talking with the Calgary herald, Trafford recounts who his quest began:
In fact, it all started for Trafford after Alice Tyler’s Calgary funeral in 2004. Ever since he was 13, the two had maintained a distant relationship. Nevertheless, she left two items for her son. One was a writing desk. The other was an old Campbell’s Soup box full of secrets.
“I opened it up and on the top just stuff from my first 13 years with her — old report cards and photos,” says Trafford. “I thought ‘Oh, thanks mom, you kept something.’ Then I just stuck it under my desk and one day thought I’d have a look. I turned it over and this beautiful photo album fell out of the bottom.”