Sunday, July 17, 2011

SPORED: Bren Simmers

From Bren Simmers' poem sequence "Weather Observation Record: Cline Lookout" in her Night Gears (Wolsak and Wynn, 2010).

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I picked exactly two mushrooms on the walk described below. And promptly ripped a page out of Night Gears, which I'd been re-reading at the cabin, and placed it on the woodstove in one corner of the living room.

The next morning, as we were packing up to go to the city, I nearly cooed with pleasure when I saw what the mushrooms had been doing to the paper. Such glorious ruin!

Given Bren's subject matter in much of Night Gears - time spent in fire lookouts in Alberta, a road trip north and her work as a park interpreter - I LIKE that this is a cabin-y spore print.

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