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Sweet Water

Poems for the Watersheds

Edited by Yvonne Blomer

Sweet Water: Poems for the Watersheds gathers the voices of poets from across Canada, the US and the UK who write of water.  Bottled, clouded, held in rain, in river, estuary and lake, sweet water is the planet’s life force and the poets here examine it from every angle – the pitcher plant, the beaver and the American Bull Frog, rain, clouds, smog, the many ducks and the salmon and the last lake sturgeon. Poets take us to the rivers they live along – and grieve daily – the Peace River Canyon, Chilcotin, Taylor River, the Humber River, Millstone River, the Fraser River, and more.

In Canada, the watershed runs into the Pacific, Arctic, Hudson Bay and the Atlantic. This water houses the aquatic ecosystems that feed and nurture not only the people, industries and animals on land but also drains into the world’s oceans. It is part of the hydrologic cycle that begins with water evaporation to become groundwater that seeps into rivers, streams, lakes and oceans. It is the water we bathe in, drink, and with which we grow our food. As it becomes more and more poisoned from industrial corporations, mining and the many, too many humans on our planet, it also becomes more and more endangered. We are paying attention. We are aware of the watershed moment that we inhabit in the twenty-first century. We know that change must come.

Contributors include Kate Braid, Gary Barwin, Katherena Vermette, Arlene Pare, John Pass, ariel gordon, Brian Brett, Trevor Carolan, John Terpstra, Russell Thornton, Zoe Landale, Christine Lowther, Elena Johnson, Elee Kraljii Gardiner, Daniela Elza, Rhonda Ganz, Geoffrey Nilson, Pamela Porter, Barbara Pelman, Kelly Shepherd, Rob Taylor, Zachariah Wells, Bren Simmers, and more.

Table of Contents:

Aaron Kreuter — Hydrophobia
Adelia MacWilliam — Lost Lake
Al Rempel — Tilted South
Alisa Gordanier — Flying River
Alyse Knorr — Swamp Preserve
Anita Lahey — Don River Crossings and Expeditions
ariel gordon — Excerpt from Tree Talk
Arleen pare — Anthropocene
Art Fredeen — old engravings’ haiku
Barbara Black — Dharana
Barbara Pelman — Blueberry Creek
Beth Kope — Call it Wild Swimming
Bren Simmers — Judd Beach
Brent Raycroft — Blueroof
Brian Brett — Beautiful Boys
Bruce Hunter — Two O’clock Creek
Catherine Owen — You make me ache river…
Charlie Neyelle — The Water Heart
Christine Lowther — Not the Lake
Christine Schrum — The Last Lake Sturgeon
Christine Smart — First Wild Place
Claire Caldwell — Sounds a River Makes
Cynthia Woodman Kerkham — With no Sweet Water
Dan MacIsaac — American Bullfrog
Daniel Lockhart — Dull thuds over Waabiishkiigo Gchi-Gami
Daniel Cowper — Thirst
Daniela Elza — Our Own Lemon Creek
David Martin — Homecoming
David Pimm — Watershed Sonnet
David Williamson — Warren’s Landing
dc reid — I could simplu give in
Dennis Saddleman — Water is life or death
Derk Wynand — Observation
Diana E Hayes — Walk to the Wetlands
Dominique Russell — Russell Creek
Dorothy Field — Sleeping with the River
Elee Kraljii Gardiner — Exorcise
Elena Johnson — Water Crossings
Eleonore Schonmaier — -40
Emily Olsen — Herring Season
Emily Wall — If this was the Euphrates
Fiona Tinwei Lam — Lost Stream
Gary Barwin — The Birds, Butterflies, and Snakes of Hamilton, Ontario
Geoffrey Nilson — The Sound of Cellulose
George Szirtes — Water
gillian harding-russell — Bypass Project
Harold Rhenisch — The Promise of Rivers Shanty
Heather Fraser — Respawn
Iain Higgins — Small Song for the Watershed
Iiona Martonfi — Chernobyl Evacuee’s
Ishtar — Lake Swimming
Jackie Seidel — Post-Concussion Syndrome, or; The Impacts of Protest
Jenna Butler — Excerpt from Magnetic North
Jeremy Pataky — Falling Scene
Joanna Lilley — Desert Fish
Joe Zucchiatti — Parts per Billion
John Barton — Palm Springs
John Pass — Fish Ladder
John Terpestra — A Brief History of Settlement on Hamilton Mountain,
Karen Charleson — untitled haiku
Karen Chester — Estuarine
Kate Braid — Water to Water
Katherena Vermette — Where
Kelly Shepherd — This Poem is one Pillar
Kevin Spenst — In the Time of Particulates
Kim Goldberg — Skein
KJ Munro — Lake Visit
Kristen Pendreigh — Planetary Hubris
Kurt Trzcinski — The Pitcher Plant
Laura Apol — Riven
Lauren de Gaine — This Voice of Water
Laurie D. Graham — Antler River
Lee Beavington — Mountain Stream
Lorin Medley — Kus-Kus-um
Lorri Neilsen Glenn — Yellow Deck Chairs
M.W. Jaeggle — Ubi Sunt
Maleea Acker — Hesitating Once to Feel Glory
Marion Quednau — Whether
Marlene Grand Maitre — Her Voice a Forge
Maureen Hynes — High Water Mark
Maureen S Harris — Groundwater
Michael De Danann — Genius Loci
Michelle Poirier Brown — The Weight of Snow
Murray Mann — The Lost Land
Nancy Pagh — Drift
Nicholas Bradley — Provincial Letter
Pamela Porter — Peace Country
Raine Gutierrez — I Am the Sweet Water
Rebekah Rempel — Crossing the Taylor Bridge
Rhona McAdam — By the Glass
Rhonda Ganz — Catching Rain in a Paper Bag
Richard Harrison — Under Wastern Water: Returning to Work
Rob Taylor — Weather in Dublin
Robert A Boates — Late September
Russell Thornton — When the Rain Comes
Solveig Adair — Grandmother river
Steven Heighton — Lost Waterfalls
Susan Alexander — The Whirlwind Questions Burnco Rock Products Ltd.
Susan Stenson — Amniotic
Tanis MacDonald — A Feminist Guide to Reservoirs
Ted Nesbitt — Childhood: Danford Lake
Terri Brandmueller — Green Rain
Terry Ann Carter — beaver haiku
Trevor Carolan — Elaho
Ulrike Narwani — Godsend
Wendy Donawa — Stone’s Deep Accord, its Steady Presence
Wendy McGrath — Kilrane
Wendy Morton — Here the watersheds are called
Zach Wells — The Pond
Zoe Landale — Bute Inlet