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Chanterelles

It’s a feeling for the likely spots
sun-mottled pockets woods deep,
rising from muddy stream gashes,
bright grass-masked swamps;
not too many leaves collaging the forest floor, mind;
better the needles of conifers,
a rust backdrop to the delicate chanterelles
proclaiming their golden yellow
in bold muted voices.

It’s a thrilling trespass,
for its discoveries:

intervals of disappointment,
blood-orange decoys,
sodden improvised paths,
geotagged goldmines,

the quiet gloam of the forest,
punctuated by birdsong;
the rare percussive thump of a bird
roused from its nesting ground.

The chanterelles are audacious in their smallness;
even close you might miss them.
They like their space, congregating in small choirs,
preferring isolation, their dipped caps pushed low.

Kneeling to the mossy ground,
you feel the pull of your back.
There are no roots, but you’ll want to
reach, harvest low into the pungent earth.

There’s a spongy nick in response to the
curve of the knife gliding through flesh,
a few strokes of the brush to keep dirt
out of the cloth bag.

This ritualized act of organic rebellion,
this foraging pilgrimage to the elemental,

emerges from woods,
lingers at the shared table
fruity and loamy in the nose,
singing on the tongue.

  • July 5, 2017

Eden Mills Young Writers’ Workshops – The Hundred Story Wood

The Hundred Story Wood, Eden Mills Writers’ Festival’s day of workshops for young writers, will take place on Monday, September 26, 2016. This year we return to St. John’s-Kilmarnock School near Breslau, where we have a creative day planned for aspiring young writers. Our outstanding author mentors this year are Gary Barwin, Adrienne Kress, Pasha Malla, and Laurie D. Graham. Read on: edenmillsyoungwritersworkshop2016.

Registration is limited, so book today. Please contact Adrian Hoad-Reddick, hoad@hoadworks.com for speedy answers to your questions!

 

 

The Vocabaret – August 6, 2014

Word Hold 'Em for August 6, 2014
Jenn Dimples Lee has a decent score, due in part to her knowledge of the word ‘ARVAL’ meaning a funeral feast. You can claim the Word Hold’Em pot with some clever word-finding.

The Vocabaret – August 4, 2014

Chessnuts by Adrian Hoad-Reddick
Crack this chestnut by inserting the letters into the intersecting grid to form two words.

Answer from last day: SNARES DRUM.

The Vocabaret – July 31, 2014

Russo (July 31, 2014)
Get the letters in the grid!

Answer from last day: HIJACK YAKS.

The Vocabaret – July 25, 2014

Another great act in the Vocabaret. Pull up a chair, friends. Pencils are on the table....
Another great act in the Vocabaret. Pull up a chair, friends. Pencils are on the table….

Answer from yesterday: OFFERS FISH

The Vocabaret – July 24, 2014

Russo for July 24, 2014
Get in the grid!

Answer from yesterday: ABHOR DOING.

The Vocabaret – July 23, 2014

Russo
I’ve started to title my puzzles after my favourite authors. This one is named for Richard Russo!

Answer from Yesterday: DRINK SUITS

The Vocabaret – July 22, 2014

Create exactly two words from the ten letters provided. A clue to a possible two word solution is provided.
Create exactly two words from the ten letters provided. A clue to a possible two word solution is provided.

Answer from Last Day: BRED APATHY.

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