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with Catherine Young

Thursdays around 8:25AM

Catherine Young is a performing artist and writer whose life is devoted to protecting water. Trained in fluvial geomorphology, Catherine worked as a national park ranger, naturalist, educator, farmer, and mother before completing her MFA in creative writing in British Columbia. Her prose and poetry has been nominated for Pushcart Prize and Best American Essays and is published internationally and nationally, including in the anthologies The Driftless Reader and Contours. She is the author of the poetry collection Geosmin published by Water’s Edge Press.

Rooted in farm life, Catherine lives with her family in Wisconsin’s Driftless bioregion. Her podcasts and writings can be found at: www.catherineyoungwriter.com/

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Boy at the Fair August 4, 2022

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Boy at the Fair August 4, 2022
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Summer is fair time. Catherine Young reads a poem of a child’s experience at the State Fair

Waters, Silvered and Rime – July 28, 2022

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Waters, Silvered and Rime - July 28, 2022
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Waters Silvered & Rime by Catherine Young are 2 poems of endless summer in the waters of a Great Lake, from her collection Geosmin.

The Queen of Summer Lawns Thursday July 21, 2022

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The Queen of Summer Lawns Thursday July 21, 2022
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Catherine Young reads a summer summer celebration poem Queen of the Summer Lawns by Joyce Sutphen from her collection Carrying Water to the Field.

Shoreline Instructions for Lake Superior and Superior July 14, 2022

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Shoreline Instructions for Lake Superior and Superior July 14, 2022
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Shoreline Instructions for Lake Superior & Superior by Catherine Young from her collection Geosmin are 2 poems from the south shore of a Great Lake.

Clouds Rise Up Like Fish and Carrying Water to the Field Thursday July 7, 2022

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Clouds Rise Up Like Fish and Carrying Water to the Field Thursday July 7, 2022
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Catherine Young reads 2 July poems from the rural landscape: Clouds Rise Up Like Fish, a poem by Tom Hennen from “Darkness Sticks to Everything New and Collected Poems” and Carrying Water to the Field, a farm poem by Joyce Sutphen from her collection of the same name.

July 4 and Sweet Land of Liberty – June 30, 2022

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July 4 and Sweet Land of Liberty - June 30, 2022
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Catherine Young reads from her collection Geosmin with two different views of the July 4 holiday.

July 4 – an ekphrastic poem based on a painting, depicting viewers of a small town parade.

Sweet Land of Liberty – a vibrant tableau of many cultures of America gathered at a state park holiday picnic.

Midsummer and Firefly Nights – June 23, 2022

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Midsummer and Firefly Nights - June 23, 2022
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MIDSUMMER & FIREFLY NIGHTS by Catherine Young from her poetry collection Geosmin are 2 poems celebrating the sweetness and long light of June.

The Oat Binder June 16, 2022

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The Oat Binder June 16, 2022
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Catherine reads a farm poem, THE OAT BINDER by Minnesota poet Joyce Sutphen from her collection Carrying Water to the Field.

From a Country Overlooked June 9, 2022

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From a Country Overlooked June 9, 2022
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Catherine Young reads the poem FROM A COUNTRY OVERLOOKED by Tom Hennen from Darkness Sticks to Everything: Collected and New Poems

Poems Appear June 2, 2022

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Poems Appear June 2, 2022
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A dreamer has to choose to follow Muse or reality. POEMS APPEAR by Catherine Young is from her poetry collection Geosmin.

Passerine May 26, 2022

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Passerine May 26, 2022
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The poet becomes a swallow in the afterlife. The poem PASSERINE by Catherine Young is from her poetry collection Geosmin.

Harrow and What Every Girl Wants May 19, 2022

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Harrow and What Every Girl Wants May 19, 2022
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Catherine reads 2 farm poems, HARROW and WHAT EVERY GIRL WANTS, from Minnesota poet Joyce Sutphen’s collection Carrying Water to the Field.

When Freshly Painted May 12, 2022

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When Freshly Painted May 12, 2022
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Catherine reads her farm love poem WHEN FRESHLY PAINTED from her poetry collection Geosmin.

Some Glad Morning Thursday May 5, 2022

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Some Glad Morning Thursday May 5, 2022
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Catherine reads the spring poem SOME GLAD MORNING from Joyce Sutphen’s collection, Carrying Water to the Field.

BY THE CREEK BANK    April 28, 2022

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BY THE CREEK BANK    April 28, 2022
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Catherine reads the poem BY THE CREEK BANK by Tom Hennen from Darkness Sticks to Everything: Collected and New Poems.

TIGHTROPE   April 21, 2022       

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TIGHTROPE   April 21, 2022       
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Recalling our role in averting tragedy is like walking a tightrope. The poem TIGHTROPE by Catherine Young is from her poetry collection Geosmin.

VERDANCY & HYMENOPTERA: WASPS I    April 14, 2022

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VERDANCY & HYMENOPTERA: WASPS I    April 14, 2022
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Catherine Young reads 2 poems from her collection Geosmin.

Many colors of green refill the April landscape in VERDANCY.

Hornets build homes in HYMENOPTERA: WASPS I.

ELOQUENCE ENGRAVED IN STONE    April 7, 2022

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ELOQUENCE ENGRAVED IN STONE by Catherine Young, from her poetry collection Geosmin uses an epigraph from Tony Hoagland’s poetry to describe Driftless Region geology.

SHEPHERD OF TREES    March 31, 2022         

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SHEPHERD OF TREES    March 31, 2022         
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SHEPHERD OF TREES by Catherine Young is from her poetry collection Geosmin.

 A caretaker asks trees what they need.

COMPOST & REVOLUTION    March 17, 2022                                 

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COMPOST & REVOLUTION    March 17, 2022                                 
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COMPOST and REVOLUTION by Catherine Young are are two views of the cycle of life on a farm from her poetry collection Geosmin.

VOLUTE    March 10, 2022

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VOLUTE    March 10, 2022
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VOLUTE by Catherine Young is from her poetry collection Geosmin.

In VOLUTE, a fossil tells people how everything in the world curls – whether we can see it or not.

WOMEN TENDING   MARCH 3, 2022  

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WOMEN TENDING by Catherine Young from her poetry collection Geosmin.

WOMEN TENDING moves through time and is told in 3 voices:

From women tending house and home; the women making bricks & pottery for home; the women who make art —those women who tend towards what calls us to create.

The poem celebrates the gifts women have given to the world throughout history in March– Women’s History Month.

AUBADE FOR THE NEVER-ENDING FLOW OF MILK    February 24, 2022

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AUBADE FOR THE NEVER-ENDING FLOW OF MILK    February 24, 2022
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AUBADE FOR THE NEVER-ENDING FLOW OF MILK by Catherine Young from her poetry collection Geosmin.

An aubade is a poem that is written for dawn, a poem that greets the morning, lamenting the end of night when lovers must part. On a farm, aubade can take quite a different meaning after a long night tending the birth of livestock and readying for the day.

IN FEBRUARY IT BEGINS & MAPLE SYRUPING    February 17, 2022

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IN FEBRUARY IT BEGINS & MAPLE SYRUPING    February 17, 2022
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IN FEBRUARY IT BEGINS and MAPLE SYRUPING by Catherine Young are from her poetry collection Geosmin.

2 poems for the spring season of change and the sweetness we crave