This Singing Land,
The Saskatchewan prairies are filled with light and spirit and life. This Singing Land, kanikamot askiy invites you to explore this inspiring landscape in the company of some of the province’s most accomplished writers. Think of it as a “literary field guide” to the plants, insects, birds and animals of the northern plains.
Conceived with the wide sweep of the prairies in mind, this project is especially dedicated to the urban grasslands of Saskatoon, notably the Northeast and Small Swales. Miraculous survivals of a century of aggressive development, the Swales are home to a dazzling array of life, including many rare and threatened species. Tragically, inexcusably, the future of the Swales is not secure. As the land sings to us, we sing to celebrate and protect its well-being.
We hope you will enjoy the selections featured below and then go on to explore the entire collection. Please plan on returning often as new works will be added regularly.
You’ve never been to Swale
World yet even hemmed within your skittish days you sense it out there, holding its breath…
a hard light fills our dreams
its clamour smashes nest and shell
…the sweet-scented bedstraw,
the ascending bedstraw hawkmoth.
Thank You to Our Sponsors
This Singing Land, kanikamot askiy is the brain child of a small group of volunteers: Sheri Benning, Trevor Herriot, Joseph Naytowhow, Chet Neufeld and Candace Savage. Unfortunately, we do not have the capacity to accept submissions. If you have other questions or comments about this project, we would love to hear from you.