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Set in the small farming community of Blomidon on Nova Scotia’s Bay of Fundy, The Blomidon Logs starts with the stories of Glooscap and a leaky old cabin. Complete with the wild imagination of youth and rumours of a drowned artist, the book moves up the road to a new A-frame cottage and back in time to the generations who preceded the author at Blomidon, providing a rich heritage of farmland, beach, and stories. Taking its title from the logbooks kept by Dwyer’s parents, the collection is about childhood, family, and a time when summer meant freedom and outdoor play. The poems refer to the legends of First Nations chief/god who once made his home at Blomidon and celebrate the work of farmers, loggers, and their families and predecessors, who have made, and somehow still make, a living from the land.
Deirdre Dwyer is the author of two collections, The Breath that Lightens the Body and Going to the Eyestone. She has worked as an ESL instructor in Japan; travelled in Asia, Europe, and in an old Volkswagen van across Canada and the U.S.; taught at universities in Halifax; and helped found a farmers’ market in her hometown. She lives in Musquodoboit Harbour, on Nova Scotia’s eastern shore with her golden retriever Molly.
Table of Contents
vii/dramatis personae the old cabin 3/Glooscap and His Magic 5/The First Logbook 6/Requested 8/The Other Child, Going There 9/Another Landmark on the Way 11/Century Farm 13/Invitation 15/Old Cabin Rain 17/Characters 19/Party Line 20/Saturday Nights 22/The House, so They Say 23/Summer’s Gone South 25/The Boy Who Fought Winter 27/Pink Snow 28/Winter Reading 30/Blomidon Rose 32/She Slept Out” 33/The Bigelows’ Dog 34/The Summer of Pierre 36/The Long Flow of the Morning 37/Picking Strawberries 39/First Entry 42/Community Picnic, at the Lookoff 44/Games 46/Pageantry: The Red Barn 48/Three Queens, Five Jokers 50/Nancy’s Watermelon 51/Beach Notes 54/Indian Paintbrush 55/The Tight Weave 57/Desserts 58/By the Bigelows’ Barn 59/Awakening, Camping Trip 61/Mountain Walk 62/Halloween on the Cape 64/Don Forsythe’s Store the new cottage 69/Moving Day 70/Glooscap’s Lodge 72/Loft 74/Heirlooms 76/Cottage Owls 78/After the Chores 80/Milk Agate 82/Translations from the Log 84/Not Mother, May I 86/Card Party, White Water’s Hall 88/The Story 90/Blomidon Dogs 91/Clothes for Blomidon 92/New Cabin Visitors 93/The Visiting Dog 95/A-frame Christmas 96/Stranded 98/From Log Entries, June ’86 99/The Last Entry 101/Blomidon Nights 102/The Core to Keep 104/A Gift of Cherries 106/North Mountain Fix 108/Every Elm and Story 110/Glooscap’s Fire archives 113/Photograph with Dutch Door Open 115/Great-Grandparents Saunders 116/Wharf 117/Think Evening 118/The Years Mapped Out 120/Haying, 1941 122/At Jordan River, 1950 124/Halo 126/Aunt Di Before Her Vows 127/To Name a Brook 129/Bride 130/His Words about the Brook 131/Bedtime Stories 133/The Soul of this Place 135/Rescue Before the Cabin’s Torched 136/Before the Cabin’s Torched 137/The Verandah Steps 138/Hand-Drawn Maps 140/History in those Fields 142/In the Turning 143/She Speaks to Her Drowned Mother 145/A Sacred Place 147/Blomidon Beach 148/Deliberations, at a Craft Market 151/acknowledgements