Sunday, October 26, 2014

Mackenzie, British Columbia, Canada, in Collective Memory

Mackenzie, B.C., Canada, in Collective Memory
(A crayon sketch by Red Shuttleworth)


Mackenzie, British Columbia, Canada, in Collective Memory

Frigid trench in the Rocky Mountains,
instant sawmill town, arteries to a wilderness,
cinder block motel, snow to top single-wides:

you spend a winter trudging wolf trails,
find a moss-covered black bear skull, dip it
repeatedly in shellac: it glows holy-jade.

Your neighbor, a trapper, gives you beaver
and lynx heads, Boiled-off meat is tasty.
The wolfhound refuses cat-stench lynx.

Winter runs-out: a grizzly walks through
a glass door into the cheesy half-mall,
can't find an April-plaid jacket that fits.





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