By Jefferson Humphries
Voyageurs commute to discover the palace of Kubilai Khan within the Quetico-Superior border nation. The menacing enamel of a northern pike remind us of the capability violence hidden in probably blameless lakes. A moose-"lumbering satyr"-expresses the bestial nature of lifestyles within the woods. this is often the North nation as spoken in the course of the voice of Jeff Humphries, who discovers unforeseen riches within the barren region looming round his cabin. As interpreted by way of popular illustrator Betsy Bowen, the themes of the poems come to inhabit the pages of this quantity; her spare and wonderfully composed woodcuts show excellent features of Humphries' phrases. those poems hint the layers of invisible which means embedded within the northern lands-the inevitable passage from shallow to deep, civilized to wild-the new kinds of knowledge to be received in such an come across. it's a ebook for and approximately all those that, failing to discover what they got here for, in its place discover a benediction and are by no means an identical. Written close to Sigurd Olson's Listening element on Burntside Lake in northern Minnesota, those poems painting a land haunted through animal spirits, lengthy recognized to Ojibwe and Cree. In phrases and images Humphries and Bowen exhibit the secrets and techniques and hidden lives of the creatures of the North Woods-loons, ruffed grouse, bears, wolves, timber, lakes, even stones-exploring the mysterious universal flooring among their languages and ours. Jeff Humphries is the writer of a number of books, together with A Bestiary (1995), a suite of poems. His fiction has been released within the top American brief tales sequence, and he's the recipient of an American Academy of Poets award. Humphries is professor of French, English, and comparative literature at Louisiana kingdom collage, and spends summers at a kin cabin close to Ely, Minnesota. Betsy Bowen operates her positive artwork print store in Grand Marais, Minnesota, and is the writer and illustrator of collecting: A Northwoods Counting publication (1995, 1999); Antler, endure, Canoe: A Northwoods Alphabet 12 months (1991, 2002); and Tracks within the Wild (1993, 1998).
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They speak to air of water, and to the lake of itself, only eating the occasional insect to survive, and living only to speak to depths of shallows, to shallows of glossy depths where lake trout loll and listen in their liquid caves to the vibrations of the frog’s phlegmatic throat, telling of water and air, of raindrops and wind, of loons and their downy young riding the membrane between, of the pike that suddenly pierce it to swallow a voice, the lake’s teeth saying nothing. This page intentionally left blank THE MERGANSER The merganser hen patrols the shore, followed by seventeen babies, not all hers.
Abruptly she disappears in the lake. The young turn, emit anxious noises. She breaks the surface in their midst, ﬁsh in her bill. This page intentionally left blank MOOSE Lumbering satyr grazes near the shore; may sink entirely out of view when swimming, then emerge like Bottom, bestial fairy-charmed dream of the lake enﬂeshed: ﬂatulent, slack lipped, sad-eyed, receding chin. His scat tells what he eats: loose pies from water plants, hard berries from upland graze, compressed sawdust from bark in winter.
This page intentionally left blank MOOSE Lumbering satyr grazes near the shore; may sink entirely out of view when swimming, then emerge like Bottom, bestial fairy-charmed dream of the lake enﬂeshed: ﬂatulent, slack lipped, sad-eyed, receding chin. His scat tells what he eats: loose pies from water plants, hard berries from upland graze, compressed sawdust from bark in winter. Urine is cologne to him; the females ﬁnd it irresistible. In rut he charges other males, cars, even trains; may stare love-struck at a cow in a farmer’s ﬁeld.
Borealis by Jefferson Humphries