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Stories

Conceived with the wide sweep of the prairies in mind, this literary field guide is especially dedicated to the urban grasslands of Saskatoon, notably the Northeast and Small Swales. Enjoy exploring these inspiring landscapes in the company of some of the province’s most accomplished writers.

The Weight of Twig and Flower

The Weight of Twig and Flower

And then I hear a voice or is it voices? Is it the woman? The aspens (they do like to talk), those blazing stars, the harebells ringing, those butterflies fluttering by?

Leaving Green

Leaving Green

our days leap with a rich array of raw resonant prairie browns and sky blues

Quarry

Quarry

Wise sage, we honour your millennia. What portent lies ahead?

waniskâ

waniskâ

as the sun crowned the east
I closed my eyes and found my voice

Resilience

Resilience

One prayer at a time we rise We are the Buffalo Nation.

Green Soul

Green Soul

..in their language so unlike our own. I have heard a bird laugh and one full of praise.

Wîsahkêcâhk Migrates South

Wîsahkêcâhk Migrates South

So Wisahkecahk never made it south but still, when migrating, geese fly in this same formation: as if still holding Wisahkecahk.

Urban Coyote

Urban Coyote

…despite the animal’s casual ignoring of us, we were the ones on full alert.

Wild Mint

Wild Mint

everywhere you look, careening from green to green, the world exhales mint

Raw Beauty

Raw Beauty

For years on blistered feet the hikers have followed their hearts…

Garter Snake

Garter Snake

A garter snake knits up the ravelled sleeve of the world.

This Grass

This Grass

Blue grama grass, Bouteloua gracilis: a grandmother holds her ground.