I am about to wrap up a hiking trip in British Columbia where I’ve had the opportunity to reach several mountain lakes including Cheakamus Lake:
and Screaming Cat Lake:
The hikes to these places have been multi-hour treks, taking me into the woods and wilds where snow is still found on the summer solstice. While I haven’t encountered any bear (yet), their presence is seen along the trail in droppings so large that I would as readily believe they were those of Sasquatch. Bears just don’t grow to this size out east.
I have not had the time to reflect too deeply on all this beauty and go deep into the space from where poems are created, mainly because after each hike – and a couple of cold Grizzly beers (that’s beers, not bears), and a hearty dinner – I’ve fallen into bed.
But I did discover a British Columbian poet, Shane Koyczan, who has written and spoken his poem about this place, and that you can listen to and watch here:
Other poetry discoveries I’ve made during my visit are two anthologies:
The Griffin Poetry Prize Anthology 2016, which I’ve almost finished in one sitting, and
ForceField, an anthology of 77 women poets of British Columbia, that unfortunately the local Whistler bookstore didn’t carry and I had to order on-line. But, perhaps that’s for the best. I look forward to returning to BC when I open it up to read, 3,000 miles away.