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/
Catherine reads Mapping the Empty Lot from her poetry collection Geosmin.
The narrator in this poem visits a childhood house after many years and finds it a gap in the city block where it had stood.
Catherine reads Stone Circle from her poetry collection Geosmin.
From the perspective of geologic time, stone is always in motion. Glass is a slow liquid that pools over time. Stone Circle was inspired by a lively and colorful painting of Gathering Stone Circle in Cumbria U.K. where time becomes relative.
Catherine reads Minus Forty from her poetry collection Geosmin. In the deep cold weather there is a garden made of ice.
Catherine reads two poems of season.
Chickadees by Minnesota Poet Laureate, Joyce Sutphen, from her collection Carrying Water.
Sylvan (L’Homme Vert) from poet, Donna Carnes, portraying each of the four seasons hrough the eyes of a tree in the imagist style.
Catherine reads A Parallelogram from her poetry collection Geosmin
A Parallelogram is based on the photo “Met” of a many storied, many painted atrium with reflections and echoes of parallelograms through which could be seen snow-covered trees. The poem is an ekphrastic response to imaginary divisions of latitude and longitude lines as all lines are imaginary.
Catherine reads 2 poems, Lost at Sea and At a Loss from her poetry collection Geosmin
Lost at Sea considers how coal has given us light, heat, electricity, clothing, medicines-but it is fossil fuel, sunshine stored in carbon, and it has been the major contributor to climate change, which in turn leads to glacial melt and sea level rise.
At al Loss refers to “at al loss for words” for the amazement of the living lad here in Southwest Wisconsin and concern for what we could lose. The word Migizi- at the end of the poems is the Anishinabenowin word for bald eagle. Migizi flies at dawn to see if humans remember to greet the day so that the world may continue. And canon refers to a song round that wraps round and round.
Catherine reads In Dark Times We Gather Light from her poetry collection Geosmin. The poem is a hybride about bees and nuns, darkness and light and the ceremonial procession St. Lucia Day, December 13th as well as spring’s promise of renewal.
As the sun sets across the world, people light up the darkness. In each hour the menorah candles are lit, prayers are sung, and light steadily progress in homes as the sun leaves them behind. Lighting the Menorah honors Hanukkah, one of many celebrations of creating light in the darkness.
Catherine reads In The Antique Mall and Art Goes Unbidden from her poetry collection Geosmin.
Perhaps you’ve had the experience of walking into an antiques store to find objects and tools that you’ve grown up with are now antiques. That’s where In the Antique Mall started.
It is said that the hills of southwest Wisconsin harbor a lot of creative eccentric people. The second poem, Art Goes Unbidden is an observation of my rural neighborhood.
The essay “Smoke” by Catherine Young is reaction to and and experience of the wildfire ash that began to cover our Midwestern skies in the fall of 2020 against the background of having grown up in the in the smoke of the largest coal mining valley in the world.
The essay “Smoke” by Catherine Young is a reaction to and experience of the wildfire ash that began to cover our Midwestern skies in the fall of 2020 against the background of having frown up in the smoke of the largest coal mining valley in the world.
Catherine reads 2 poem from her poetry collection Geosmin that address the loss of farming in Wissconsin’s Driftless Region. The Janus in Farmer.Janus refers tot the two-faced Roman god of beginnings, doorways, passages and endings. The farmer looking forward and back while letting go. Barn Elegiac focuses on the empty barn and all it once held.
Catherine reads from her poetry collection, Geosmin. In his piece “The Word Hoard” British writer-naturalist Robert MacFarlane noted the proposed removal of worth about the natural world in the children’s Oxford Dictionary-and this led to an outcry across the English-speaking world. Gathering Acorns, Hoarding Words asks if children do not know the words describing land, how will they know land?
Catherine reads 2 poems to celebrate October, Barbara Cooker’s And Now It’s October and Genevieve Taggart’s The Last Hour
Smitten with the layers of limestone and sandstone that line these Wisconsin hills, these loveliest of golden layer cakes, how does one person dwelling in the Driftless area protect land and waters?
Smitten with the layers of limestone and sandstone that line these Wisconsin hills. these loveliest of golden layer cakes, how does one person swelling the Driftless Area protect the land and waters?
Invocation: Call it Home is from Catherine’s poetry collection Geosmin and it was begun in 2007 in response to the first wave of devastating floods in our Driftless regions-as a way to speak what is beloved and why we stay. It was published as a poster with artwork by Stephanie Motz to celebrate and uplift the place where we dwell, and to ask all who view it to respond with art and poetry.
Catherine reads Stippled Passing from her poetry collection Geosmin. The poem is response to the Geald Manley Hopkins poem Pied Beauty and its “rose-molesall in stipple upon trout that swim”as well as the trouts in a farm’s creek and the change of season slipping into autumn.
Deer hunting in our region is often a means of survival. Catherine Young reads The Shots Came Quick from her collection Geosmin
Catherine reads Joyce Sutphen’s poem The Last Apples from her collection Carrying Water to the Field.
Perhaps you remember mimeograph coloring sheets at school? How did they help celebrate season? Catherine Young reads Purple Lines from her collection Geosmin.
Learning to read and decode words is like climbing into a canoe and letting the waters carry you. Catherine Young and guest Julie Agar read Baptism from the collection Geosmin
August’s ripening elderberries bring to mind the return to school and letting go. Catherine Young reads Elderberries from her collection Geosmin
Wishes might be like soap bubbles that disappear or they might be like dandelion seeds that multiply. Catherine Young reads Letter to the Fifteen Year Old Artist:On Winning from her collection Geosmin
How would a life long dairy farmer tell the story of a place? Catherine Young reads For Those Who Thought They Could Buy a Farm from her collection Geosmin.