Landward

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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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 reas a spring poem from Joyce Sutphen from “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: New and Collected 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 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

LICHEN & LATE WINTER    February 10, 2022                                              

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LICHEN & LATE WINTER    February 10, 2022                                              
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LICHEN and LATE WINTER by Catherine Young are from her poetry collection Geosmin.

LICHEN decorates the bark like a living gift wrapping, one that’s hard to put in the woodstove.

LATE WINTER in Wisconsin is the difficult time of freeze and thaw; an anxious dance. We want the melt, but not all at once!

GEOSMIN    February 3, 2022                           

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GEOSMIN    February 3, 2022                           
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Geosmin by Catherine Young is the title poem from her poetry collection Geosmin.

Geosmin is an ode to the scent of soil.

JANUARY BRINK    January 27, 2022                           

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JANUARY BRINK    January 27, 2022                           
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JANUARY BRINK by Catherine Young is from her poetry collection Geosmin.

There are people who love summer as a time of gathering outdoors, but some love snowy winter even more. January is clean and spare, and the snow and ice catches the most beautiful light. January is an edge; a brink.

MAPPING THE EMPTY LOT    January 20, 2022                   

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MAPPING THE EMPTY LOT by Catherine Young is 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.

STONE CIRCLE    January 13, 2022                               

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STONE CIRCLE    January 13, 2022                               
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STONE CIRCLE by Catherine Young from her poetry collection Geosmin.

From the perspective of geologic time, stone is always in motion. Glass is a slow liquid that pools at the bottoms of cathedral windows. Stone Circle was inspired by a lively and colorful painting of Castlerigg Stone Circle in Cumbria U.K. where time becomes relative.

MINUS FORTY    January 6, 2022                                 

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MINUS FORTY    January 6, 2022                                 
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Catherine reads MINUS FORTY from her poetry collection Geosmin.

In the deep cold weather there is a garden of growing things made of ice.

CHICKADEES & SYLVAN    December 30, 2021                    

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CHICKADEES & SYLVAN    December 30, 2021                    
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Catherine reads 2 poems of season: CHICKADEES by Minnesota Poet Laureate, Joyce Sutphen, from her collection Carrying Water to the Field

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SYLVAN (L’HOMME VERT) from poet, Donna Carnes, portraying each of the four seasons through the eyes of a tree in the imagist style.

A PARALLELOGRAM    December 23, 2021               

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A PARALLELOGRAM    December 23, 2021               
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A PARALLELOGRAM by Catherine Young is from her poetry collection Geosmin.

A PARALLELOGRAM is based on the photo “Met” of a many-storied, many-paned 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.

LOST AT SEA & AT A LOSS    December 16, 2021                

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LOST AT SEA and AT A LOSS by Catherine Young are 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 A LOSS refers to “at a loss for words” for the amazement of the living land here in Southwest Wisconsin and concern for what we could lose. The word Migiziat the end of the poem is the Anishinaabemowin 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.

IN DARK TIMES WE GATHER LIGHT    December 9, 2021 

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IN DARK TIMES WE GATHER LIGHT by Catherine Young is from her poetry collection Geosmin.

The poem is a hybrid prose poem about bees and nuns, darkness and light, and the ceremonial procession of St. Lucia Day, December 13th as well as spring’s promise of renewal.

LIGHTING THE MENORAH    December 2, 2021                  

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LIGHTING THE MENORAH    December 2, 2021                  
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LIGHTING THE MENORAH by Catherine Young was published in Cricket Magazine.

As the sun sets across the world, people light up the darkness. In each hour, the menorah candles are lit, prayers are sung, and candlelight steadily progresses in homes across the planet as the sun leaves them behind. LIGHTING THE MENORAH honors Hanukkah, one of many celebrations of creating light in the darkness.

IN THE ANTIQUE MALL & ART GOES UNBIDDEN    November 25, 2021   

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IN THE ANTIQUE MALL & ART GOES UNBIDDEN    November 25, 2021   
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IN THE ANTIQUE MALL and ART GOES UNBIDDEN by Catherine Young from her poetry collection Geosmin.

Perhaps you’ve have the experience of walking into an antique store to find objects and tools that you’ve grown up with are now antiques. That’s where IN THE ANTIQUE MALL started.

The second poem, ART GOES UNBIDDEN is an observation from my rural neighborhood in Southwest Wisconsin where, it is said, we harbor creative, eccentric people.